5/5 – Etiquette and Industry

Today we’ll be talking about the etiquette of submissions, and I will give you a gift so big you won’t even be able to understand how awesome it is, probably for years to come: Submissions Guide For Creative Writing Students.

Useful Links I forgot to put in the guide


Dealing with rejection

  1. It happens. It happens a LOT. Get used to it or get out.
  2. The best and most productive responses to rejection
    • Use the revolving door approach. A rejection comes in, a submission goes out. That’s right. Send the work back out into the world. Remind yourself that every rejection is subjective. EVERY REJECTION IS SUBJECTIVE.
    • Use the feedback. If you get feedback, take it as a gift. If you get the same feedback more than once, consider revising the work based on that feedback (or as Tim Federle said, “take the note!”)
  3. The “almost” rejection is still a resume builder.
  4. Everyone experiences it. There is a difference between a public face and the nitty gritty happening behind the scenes. For example, if you look at my writer page, you’ll see a ton of publications and the name of my agent. Here’s what you won’t see:
    • Query stats for my first novel: 64 queries, 3 full requests, no offers. Translation 61 QUICK rejections, 3 SLOW rejections with some great feedback. I put that book away and moved on to my writing/querying second novel.
    • My current Submittable page for journals/magazines: 7 in-progress, 40 rejections, and 11 acceptances.






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