There is an art to hearing no. I’ve posted about it before. But this post will be different. Here area few things I’ve witnessed that are no-noes when you hear no from a publisher or agent:

  1. Trash them on social media or your blog. (Quick way to get blacklisted, and yes, there is a blacklist.)
  2. Send them pestering emails to ask them why. (Best to take the no and try elsewhere.)
  3. Complain about getting rejected online. (Gets you labelled pretty quickly as a whiner. And, yes, I do whine sometimes. Trying to get better about that 🙂 )
  4. Leave 1-star reviews on books they represent/publish that you haven’t even read. (There’s some debate about writers leaving anything less than a 5-star review, but that’s a different conversation for a different time.)
  5. Give up. (Remember: It only takes one yes, the RIGHT yes to turn things around.)

Rooting for ya. Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

2 thoughts on “What Not to Do When You’re Rejected

  1. Dear Beth. Keep a positive outlook… keep trying… you will see… 😀😀😀😀😀👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻📖📖📖📖📖🎼🎼🎼🎶🎶🎶sincerely Ruthie. I will keep rooting for you 😀👏🏻

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