the rejection book

hey, sorry to be stuck on a kind of depressing subject, but I got another rejection letter yesterday (right after that last post. Honestly!) and it had to be dealt with.

And besides, this post is all about positivity!

See, getting the letter was really quite depressing, so of course I found myself in my favourite bookshop trying to make it all better by buying books, lovely books. And then I thought:

This is going to keep happening over and over throughout my career, and I can’t just fall apart each time! I need some effective way to deal with it.

So I bought myself a notebook and started a Rejection Journal! And it immediately made me feel better. This is what it looks like:

It may sound a bit defeatist, but the whole point is to acknowledge rejection. (And it makes rejection look fun!) (Sort of.)

My feedback for Kristin Nelson Agency. (I printed the email and put it in an envelope, so that it’s really like a letter.)

Feedback for Suzie Townsend of Fine Print Literary Management. (This one was fresher, so there was more to say/rant.)

And these two are still possibilities/disappointments in the making.

I love my rejection book, because it puts each attempt in context, and it makes it feel more professional – like getting rejected is part of a process that I document.

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About anna cowan

I look around, and here I am - housewife and aspiring romance novelist. This seems unexpected.
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5 Responses to the rejection book

  1. Anna, sorry to hear about the rejection but you’re way ahead of the game because you’re SUBMITTING! And I love the idea of a journal – means you can keep track of your progress!

  2. yay! Thank you so much for checking out my blog, and for your encouraging words.

    It’s something I have to keep reminding myself – it feels difficult right now, but the thing that’s feeling difficult is really great.

  3. Pingback: the Non-submission | diary of a(n accidental) housewife

  4. Sorry about the rejection Anna!

    It is an awful feeling to have your baby rejected but you’re so right about it being part of the process and I love your journal.

    Cheers,
    Margaret

    • anna cowan says:

      thanks Margaret! It was certainly one hell of a learning experience. It’s actually great that this came up again, because I’ll be submitting the new (unrecognisable) draft of the same book in about 3 weeks! Time to crack open the rejection book again…

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