This week I received my first rejection. The envelope was thick so my first thought was, it’s a contract! For a moment, my heart was racing as I pictured my story in the magazine. I tore open the envelope and realized the reason it was thick. The envelope contained my story. I was unaware it would be returned by the magazine, obviously I’m still a rookie.
Along with my story was a brief cover letter. When I say brief, I’m talking two sentences. There was no explanation as to why the story wasn’t accepted for publication only that it had been declined.
This might be hard to believe, but I was happy. I’ve heard of famous authors with drawers stuffed with rejection letters, so I felt I had been initiated as a writer. I knew the story was good because it had been published in another magazine it just wasn’t a fit for this magazine.
For me, rejection will always be part of a writer’s life and thick skin is a must. In time, I’ll learn not to take rejection or critical comments personally. Not everyone is going to like my writing and the negative comments will only make me grow as a writer.
So what did I do after putting my first rejection letter into my desk drawer? I got on my laptop and started a new story to submit to the same magazine. It might take one year or five years but I will be published in that magazine because I won’t stop submitting until I am.