After receiving a rather RUDE rejection letter from a publisher the other day, I felt a little out of sorts. Well, maybe a lot out of sorts. The next day, my agent happened to mention that the publisher sends out the exact same (RUDE) response on every rejection. Even though I felt better after knowing that piece of rather critical information, I realized how much power I had given that stupid letter.
So I wrote up a list of what a rejection letter can not take from me and I plan to post it on my bulletin board for frequent reminders (because rejection letters are part of the package of being a writer!):
1) My accomplishment. I wrote, revised and completed a book (or an article) that expressed my heart. Many writers (even those with far more talent than I) have that same intention but not the ability to follow-through and finish.
2) My self-esteem. A standardized form letter informing me that my work isn’t good enough is not worth taking seriously as an assessment of my talent. (And most rejection letters really are “canned” responses to effectively end conversation about that particular project.)
3) My calling. Writing has been given to me as a call from the Lord.
4) My clear vision. I refuse to allow that letter to minimize my successes and magnify my failures.
5) My hope. And the determination to try again.
Please feel free to add on!