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Dealing With Rejection
By Amanda Eaton
May, 2007, 07:49

Don't let rejection get you down, there are plenty of magazines interested in you.
Rejection letters, I like to think are the demons of the writing business, and thatís how most new writers see them too. This is how I saw them when I first started out in the writing business, but I soon got rid of that attitude because with that approach you donít get anywhere.

I try to look at rejection letters as a symbol of someone elseís inadequacies. It's not you personally they donít like itís the article that doesnít fit their magazine style for that particular month, and if you let them get you down then you're letting the editors win. Always take the letters with a grain of salt. There are plenty of magazines out there that will publish your work. Continue to submit other pieces to magazines that have rejected your article; donít give up on them just because they didnít accept you the first time. Keep sending your work, and make sure you check the theme and editorial calendar for that year Ė follow it. Most magazines have a theme for a reason; so donít send articles that donít match.

I pin all my rejection letters up on a bulletin board in my workspace, so I can see what didn't work out at which magazine. Then I write and submit some more.

Keep rejection in perspective Ė it's not that the editors hate you personally. Rather, they have a job to do sifting through piles of manuscripts and query letters.

Most publications have an editorial calendar. Look for it online or ask for it along with the writerís submission guidelines. Follow these editorial clues to success exactly to the letter. Some editors like manuscripts by good old fashioned postal mail and won't accept email or fax submissions. Others want only email or fax submissions. Be sure to know the guidelines for each publication and meticulously follow them.

Create an article specifically aligned with the publication's theme for a specific month, and then submit that one. If you're persistent enough, you'll be getting published without a problem.

Create articles as ideas come to you, and then find just the right publication for submission. Once I sell an article to a publication that has previously rejected me, take the rejections letters from that publication down off my bulletin board. This process is like an incentive program for me, and believe me, it works. You get so determined to sell that magazine an article that you donít want to stop, and then you donít even think about the rejection letters coming in any more.

Once you see that first article Ė or maybe it's your second or third Ė it's so exciting to see your name in print! Rejection letters just become a thing of the past and you continue on to the future. Whenever I get one, though, I continue the incentive program, putting it up on my bulletin board and sending articles to that magazine. I'm no longer upset by it. It's a function of being a writer. You learn to live with it. They're not really that bad; you just have to find the best way for you to deal with the letters. Whatever system you invent, donít give up.

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Amanda Eaton writes direct mail packages, ads, brochures, speeches, annual reports, newsletters, and other marketing. She also consults with clients on marketing strategy, mail order selling, and lead-generation programs. A winner of the Editors choice award, Amanda is the author of the mysterious stranger and Stranded. Amanda has also written various magazine articles. Visit or email

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