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2014 – A Year of Literary Rejection

Learning how to take rejection and not be demolished by it – perhaps that is the defining quality of a ‘real’ writer…


Last New Year I posted a piece about my plans to submit writing to every possible publishing opportunity. I said I was going to organise my submission records, keep track of everything and just go for it. Of course the re-organisation and record keeping lasted about a month, it remains as haphazard as ever. I’m sure I must submit things twice over or not at all; in fact just this morning I got a message saying I’d already submitted the same story twice to a magazine. This year I really do resolve to sort this out. I’ve set up a spreadsheet and everything, and those of you who know me will realise the effort this will have taken!New Year

However, my experiment, inspired by a New Year’s Eve winning at roulette, didn’t really pay off. I did spend the first half of the year flinging work out to anyone foolish enough…

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2 comments on “2014 – A Year of Literary Rejection

  1. ann perrin
    January 27, 2015

    Loved the piece, join the clan! Can’t go in for a certain comp. this year as no idea what I sent last year and 2014 was awful in manyl respects. Bought a wonderful Japanese desk diary, it’s small with some pages for writing and now that gets submission lists and I can still cart it about. But with your output guess the lists would be far too long. Rejection! Sod the lot of them. You are inspiring and enlightening just keep going x

  2. erinnamettler
    January 27, 2015

    Hello Ann, I met you at a workshop I did a few years back. You are right – sod the lot of them unless they want to publish!

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