At this summer’s Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Conference, I picked up some great advice about rejection from romantic suspense author Stella Cameron. At the Friday night dinner panel, Cameron told the audience to:
Always have something in the mail (or email). If you’re always submitting your work to editors and agents, you’ll always be waiting for good news. That way, if you do get some bad news, it won’t feel like the end of the world.
Write before you check your mail (or email). Get your creative work for the day done before you find out if something you’ve submitted has been rejected. Your day’s writing won’t be plagued by self-doubt if you’re blissfully ignorant of any possible rejections sitting in your in-box. By the time you go to write the next day, the original sting will have likely subsided. Instead, you’ll already be thinking of how you can use the rejection as feedback.
It was wonderful to hear Stella Cameron, the author of more than 60 novels, remind us that every writer has a long history of rejections underpinning their success.
How do you handle rejection?