Rejection by a friend, a colleague, or even by a potential client hurts. It can set off a series of emotions like anger, disappointment or even depression. These setbacks can push us away from your goal to be a published.
Take stock of your hidden assets…
If you have submitted a story idea or a sample article and been rejected you have several things going for you. But before I share those assets, let’s take care of the business of any hurt feelings.
Your first task is to regain your emotional equilibrium. You may be tough as nails, but somewhere deep inside you know that some critic or editor shut you down. Acknowledge your feelings – for about three minutes -- then get back to your desk and write!
- Return to your original enthusiasm for your article. What was it that got you excited to write on this topic?
- You have a first draft to refine and redirect to another publication.
- Your rejection letter may have been accompanied by a ‘professional critique’. Learn from it.
- Redirect your work. Spruce up the article by adding photos or graphics.
- Do you have enough material and research for several shorter and more publishable articles?
You are one step ahead in the writing process!
Collect a few new links, videos, news clips and illustrations to enhance your work. Post it on some of the research-related websites.
If you have a substantial document with all the background, updates and graphic content, publish it yourself in PDF form. You can offer it as a premium on your website.
Print it as a booklet, lesson plan or a How-To brochure and sell it through your website.
This is your original material and you can determine its future.
Self-Assess and Reassess
Repurpose all your hard work. Go back and learn from the original rejection.
Stay in touch with the client who rejected this submission and take a closer look at the style and content of their publication. Add new information to the posts they have currently published. Remember, your research gives you credibility in their subject area.
Rename and Reframe
Rename that disappointing “rejection” message and reframe it as a “not now” message.
Stay in a positive conversation with the publisher. Find another opportunity to submit again.
By recycling and enhancing your work you could find another publisher eager to use your story.
Get Over It
By following these strategies to get past that initial rejection you can become a professional writer who knows how to use what you have already accomplished to reach your long term publishing goals.
What is your experience with rejection and
what is the next step you will take to move forward?