Rejection… don’t take it personally

“I just feel the need to experience being commercially published.” That was the sentiment an author shared with me just a couple of days ago.

I believe that this is the most brutal time since the beginning of publishing to try and get commercially published. The whole publishing industry is morphing into a new animal and for the commercial publishers out there, it is “adapt or die” in a marketplace where the rules change everyday. A good number of these commercial publishers are not going to make it and since they know their necks are on the line, taking a chance on a first-time author is not high on their agenda.

I found this article and thought it just might be a good time to re-post it because if you are working the query letter / agent path right now, you’re opening yourself up to receive rejection letters. They reflect the state of the marketplace right now – not the worth of your project or your talent as author. Please remember that!


If you are going to try and commercially publish, then please don’t hinge your self-esteem on the rejection letters that will surely come.

Every one is a step forward to the one who will publish your book.

The only way to get rid of the rejection letters is to take your destiny into your own hands and decide to publish the book at your expense. It is a bold move, but many self-published books get picked up later, once its market has been proven.

Please do not ask the publisher, “Why?”

Writers, of course, want to know why their book ‘doesn’t fit’ with the publishing house, especially if they have done their homework and gone to great lengths to find a publishing house where their work ‘should fit.’

But editors, when they reject, have been trained not to say the reason. Editors do not want to engage in a discussion about the reason that the book has been rejected, because the author will either argue their point (which doesn’t win you any favor either) or offer to ‘fix it.’ Neither of which the editor is interested in. If the editor thought your book could be ‘fixed’ to fit their criteria, it wouldn’t have been rejected.

Don’t ask, “Why?” Just say, “Next!”

Enjoy!   EJ Thornton –


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