Send It Somewhere Else
Start writing a post

Send It Somewhere Else

When your writing is rejected.

Send It Somewhere Else
Madeline Gressman

When I first started writing, I could barely hold a pencil. As I grew older (and my collection of filled notebooks grew larger,) getting published became my dream. In fact, I set an impossible goal to be a famous, published author by the age of 18 with the unrealistic expectation that it would be easy. I was naive to the concept of rejection because I had never gotten any. And when I wrote my first cover letter and sent my beloved story to a website, it was entirely soul-crushing to receive a “we’re sorry” email not even a week later.

I made three fatal errors with my first submission:

  1. I didn’t research what the website published or their preferred genres
  2. I sent my story to one website and one website only
  3. I gave up

I went through various emotional reactions to the email, including classics like anger, sadness, and loss of self-worth. My mantra: my story wasn’t good enough for this website, therefore I was a terrible writer. I didn’t think about why my story was rejected and focused my attention solely on the rejection itself. All it took was one website to decline my writing; I refused to experience it again. I was so afraid to send my stories anywhere else that I simply didn't. And because of it, my writing became less frequent and my belief in myself shrank with it.

That is the biggest mistake any writer can make. The best remedy for rejection from one publisher is to send it to another. And another. And a few more until you find somewhere that is the right fit. Rejection hurts and to be told your writing sucks will clearly knock some wind out of you, but most publishers don’t reply with anything other than an apology and an explanation that your piece simply isn’t right for their platform. That doesn’t mean your piece is garbage and that definitely doesn’t mean you should stop writing.

Use a rejection email as a learning tool. Edit your story more, tweak the word play, maybe start all over. If you really believe in your piece, you owe it to yourself to do some research and find it a home. Look into what websites or magazines are looking for, what they're publishing, what their audience really enjoys reading. Don’t send your story to a place it wouldn’t fit in and wouldn’t be appreciated to the fullest.

If you do all of that, you’re guaranteed to find a place that will give your story and writing a chance to shine. And if you don't? Well just send it somewhere else.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less
Two teenage girls smiling

The 2000s were a time that many young adults today can look back on, joyfully reminisce and somewhat cringe at the trends and the fads that we all used to love and adore. Here's a list of things from the golden 2000s that will have one feeling nostalgic about all of those times.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

7 Types Of Students You Will Meet In College

You wish you could be #5, but you know you're probably a #6.

cool group of lazy college students in class

There are thousands of universities around the world, and each school boasts its own traditions and slogans. Some schools pride themselves on sports, while others emphasize their research facilities. While there is a myriad of differences among each and every school, there will always these seven types of students in class.

Keep Reading...Show less
woman in white tank top and orange jacket holding a bible
Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

Life is hard. There is no surprise there. It’s confusing and scary and hectic, but there are some amazing qualities, too. Sometimes you feel alone and don’t know what to do. School gets in the way of what you want to do or you’re dropping friends you thought you trusted. Everyone has their moments. Everyone has felt in the lowest place and couldn’t find the strength to get back up. But I want to help with that. Here are 10 Bible verses I hope will brighten your day, or at least make you feel stronger and happier.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments