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Monday, July 15, 2013

You Will Be Rejected

Not: You might be rejected.
Not: You'll have a few rejections.
Not Even: Well, if you're only mid-list worthy you'll have at least twenty rejections.

You want to get published? Fine. You need to accept that every single day of your career will have rejection.

Everything you write will be rejected.
 Every book you publish will be hated.
 Every character you love will be degraded.
 Every hour you put in - the blood and sweat and tears - will be dismissed as "...talentless hack who doesn't know how to string a sentence together."

Millions of people will never read your book because they can't read at all.
Millions of people will never read your book because they don't speak the same language as you.
Millions of people will never read your book because they hate your genre.
Millions of people will never read your book because they don't like fe/male authors.
Millions of people will never read your book because they didn't get into it.

Billions of people will reject your work. They will mock you. They will dismiss you. They will talk trash about you.

You. Will. Be. Rejected.

It doesn't matter. You aren't writing for the millions. You are writing for the one.

The one person who tells you your book made them cry because it spoke to them.
The one person who tells you your book changed the way they saw the world.
The one person who tells you your book was the only light in a dark time.
The one person who tells you your book inspired them to be something more.

You are writing for them.

They will wish they could take your characters to prom.
They will read your book after their mother's funeral.
They will curl up in bed with your book on a cold night after their first real break up.
They will turn to those pages time and again to revisit the places they love.

You're going to get rejected. And you're going to take that punch square on the chin and not ever back down because you know who you are writing for. Because you know it takes more than a pretty font to make a book work, you have to be willing to take the rejections. You have to go into this knowing you will fail a million times with a million readers, and that it doesn't matter because you aren't writing for them.

Keep your chin up. You are someone's favorite author even if they don't know it yet.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this. I needed this today more than you will ever know.

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    1. *hugs* I needed it this morning myself. :)

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