A Day In the Life of a Writer

A Day in the Life of a Writer: The Rejection Letter


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The Rejection Letter

I was outlining a new story when I received the email. I read the title in the Subject line: Your Short Story Submission.  My heart quickened just a bit.

The message was short and to the point. “Thank you for submitting your short story to us. It is not what we are looking for at this time.  We hope your short story finds a home, (just not with us).”

OK, I added that last part. But that’s what they were really saying. I read the email a few times as I waited for my husband to return from picking up dinner.

They rejected me. No explanation given, no words of encouragement given, just rejected.

When my husband came home,  he quickly set up the plates on our small dining table.  We were both hungry.

“They gave us extra egg rolls,” my hubby said.

“Oh, nice.”  I replied.

I sat down at the table, and placed my notebook beside me, “Well, I just got rejected.”

“What? Who?”

I told him the publication.

“They rejected your short story, really?”

I nodded.

“Well, they’re just idiots, aren’t they?”  He said casually, mouth full of egg roll.

I chuckled and we enjoyed our dinner. We did not discuss the rejection letter further.

And when we finished our meal, I went back into the office, turned on the lamp on my desk, and continued outlining my story.

Latashia Figueroa

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8 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Writer: The Rejection Letter”

  1. That was so inspiring. You handled it so well, it gives me reason to carry on. I haven’t gotten to querying yet but i am sure when i do, i will get rejections. When i do, i will come back and read this post again as i am sure it will help me remember a rejection does not mean the end of the world. Thanks 🙂

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    1. It is also not a reflection of your writing. Remember both Harry Potter and The Help was rejected by agents/publishers before finding a home -(The Help was rejected 60 times). No need to lose hope!

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  2. Awww… That’s what husbands are for, aren’t they? Not just a shoulder to cry on – the shoulder may get tired if we cry on it all the time. 🙂 It’s those sweet moments that make us keep them, and the dinners that he brings home. 🙂

    Latashia, we tend to take it personally, me included. I know it’s hard to believe (smile) – it’s a rejection of your article, and not a rejection of you. And they are, of course, idiots too. 🙂

    Keep plowing away and you will see fruits to your labor. 🙂

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  3. Yup, you did it right. Extra eggrolls, a good spouse, and right back to writing. I wish I could say I handle it as well as you, but usually whiskey get’s involved at some point. 😉

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