My First Rejection

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  1. matwoolf

    matwoolf Contributor Contributor

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    I got one yesterday...'so sorry I never replied to your e-mail of one year ago I was having a baby, and by the way the magazine has folded. Your story would have been a great fit but good luck in the future, do not reply to me, please ever, yours sincerely, Jane P**guin.'
     
  2. SethLoki

    SethLoki Unemployed Autodidact Contributor

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    hard lines @matwoolf — does she know all magazines tend to be folded?
     
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    She was all right. She ran a 'funny' website - I sent her a poem [2 years ago] and she replied, 'great, can I use this, or do you have plans..?'

    So, I replied 'No, do it, do it, plug my poem...'

    Then nothing happened. Then she had the baby, probably.

    [Y'see, if I was my wife I would have 'followed up.' Seth, if you post a gold star on my new blog I'll work on it. It has no followers. I need your impetus after a series of crushing losses...]
     
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    I follow your blog. Hmph.
     
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    No, @TE, that one's hiding. I started a new 'more shit' one.
     
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    reply with link @matwoolf. I'll be honoured to plonk a sunny sheriff's star on your post.
     
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    I am surprised she replied at all.
     
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    Do you work in sales and marketing?
     
  9. BogLady

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    Do agents or publishers tell you why your work, book, poem, short story, etc was rejected? Do you always get a confirmation one way or the other or do some just ignore you if they don't like what you submitted?
    I know I am not even close to needing this answered, just curious.
     
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    Very rarely. You'll usually get a 'form rejection' which is a standard template that goes out to everyone, regardless of why their piece was rejected. Something like "it doesn't fit out needs at this time" or "unfortunately we will not be publishing your story on this occasion." Sometimes form rejections are worded in a way that makes them sound personal (because the sender doesn't want the authors replying and asking for a reason) but once you get a few rejections you can tell the forms pretty easily.

    But very rarely you do get a personalised rejection, usually if they really liked your piece and it was a close call.

    Unfortunately, "no response means no" is becoming a lot more common, where they tell you if they haven't replied in a fixed time (say, three months) then assume it's a rejection. More places are adopting this policy because of authors who react badly to rejections and bombard the editor/agent/whoever with emails demanding feedback, begging them to reconsider, etc.

    Quite a few places use Submittable (and maybe similar sites) which show you the status of your submission--whether it's being reviewed and then whether it's rejected--but doesn't allow authors to contact the decision maker. Seems a good way to go and will probably become more popular.
     
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    ...this is completely reasonable and accepted behaviour within my circle.

    ...

    Also, with experience, and also reading the stuff these people do publish [in their grubby pamphlets - the individual, a collection of friends] - sometimes you come to realise that in no realm ever dreamed of would you be compatible. This is THE issue for me, these postgraduate literature publishers with their emphasis on words & meaning/plot/conflict/stories about people like them/and the indefinite article.
     
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    I'm sure they make an exception for you, mat. You can publish in my magazine, THE GAPING VULVASAURUS, any time.
     
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    ...so, what are you saying, basically?
     
  14. Thundair

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    My first rejection was from Omni magazine and it started out, "We like your story however it is not suitable for Omni at this time......"
    I started calling the rejections "However" letters. I am looking forward to more "However" letters in the future.
     
  15. Mason C.

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    I got my first rejection a few months ago. I had submitted a short story to a magazine called PRISM International and was rejected some weeks later. I printed it out and am getting ready to frame it soon.
     
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    I got my first rejection aged 12 when I asked a girl called Lucy Heslop to go to the school disco with me, she said no because I smelled.... I was gutted

    oh wait, writing .... yes some 32 years later I've not had a writing rejection, everything I've sent to magazines has been published (this isn't quite the achievement it sounds as I've never submitted to a literary or writers magazine, I'm talking about little news pieces or articles for interest magazines). I have a manuscript at first draft so i'll soon be ready to start querying ... I suspect it won't be any easier to take all than it was all those years ago... although hopefully agents won't comment on my personal hygiene :D
     
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    I self-publish through Amazon. Despite being extremely unbiased and maintaining high standards, I have never turned away any of my work.
     
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    I've had quite a number of rejections, all from online magazine for either short stories or poems. One rejection was actually personalized, make of that what what you will.
     
  19. FireWater

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    The fact that you've gotten rejected means that you're at the stage of having a completed, revised work that you're sending to agents/publishers. I'm still in revision. You're way ahead of where I am. So I'm a little jealous, and you've got something to be proud of, even though this particular recipient wasn't the right fit this time.
     
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    This pissed me off

    ...as if I'm waiting till September for my coronation, etcet. At least they didn't charge...
     
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    Every no is one step closer to a yes :). I am glad you are being positive.
     
  22. Adam Rimmer

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    Look at it in a good way. The right one will come along the way. The universe has a way setting things up perfectly.
     
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    As long as you remain your own biggest fan, all criticisms can feel like learning experiences...
     
  24. Nik Duncan

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    That's a shame. I'll harden my heart to rejection.
     

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