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Karen Bayly

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Author Question: How do you deal with rejection?

Good question! I used to find it so disheartening. Now I just sigh, maybe grumble a bit, and look for somewhere else to send my work.

One thing I’ve learned is that there are many reasons an editor will reject your work. For short stories, maybe it doesn’t quite fit in with their vision for the publication in question. Or maybe it doesn’t appeal to them or they don’t think it will appeal to their readers. This doesn’t mean the piece isn’t good - it just means that this journal probably isn’t one your audience or potential audience would read. I’ve had a piece rejected by several publications, then finally accepted and well-received by the journal's regular readers.

It’s much the same for novels as well, but the market is much tougher. “Fortitude” was rejected by several agents and publishers then was finally accepted by two publishers, making me the one who had to choose!

Rejection is part of being a published writer. And what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

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