Positive Rejection

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Wear your tough skin when submitting your work and be persistent. It does pay off.

Glimmer Train has rejected a piece of mine again, but I have gotten closer with this particular story submission. They also gave me something valuable: feedback.

It wasn’t about my piece per se. They sent reading recommendations, some of which are: Charlie Baxter’s Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction, Robert Boswell’s Half-Known World: On Writing Fiction, and Keith Johnstone’s Impro. Please view the carousel below to see other recommendations they made.

They also provided me with links to other writers that detailed how they got their start. The over-arching theme of those published authors: confidence in their work and their continuous effort to submit.

It was by far, one of the best rejections I have received to date.

Thanks again Glimmer Train. You’re pushing my boundaries about the storytelling medium and what it means to be persistent.

4 thoughts on “Positive Rejection

  1. Yup. All rejections are not equal; some are actually encouraging. Kudos to Glimmer Train for their role in providing support to those writers that they know deserve it.

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thanks for reading! All rejections are truly not created equal; this one made me smile!



  2. Christine, Your positive view of a negative reply — a rejection of your story — is commendable. A determined writer must find encouragement where others might overlook it. I’ve often shown what I viewed as “a good rejection” to friends who thought I was kidding myself and saw only the bottom-line no; but I knew that a softer no was progress compared to many harsher ones.

    Last summer an agent said specific good things about my novel “The Last Dreamgirl” but said because of too much backstory he would not accept it “at this time”; that it needed to be “streamlined.” Encouraged I cut 30,000 words from the book and added a few to improve it. When I resubmitted to that agent he didn’t even acknowledge the new submission. But the “streamlined” version earned me an offer and a contract from a small publisher, Drake Valley Press, within two months of the revision. The agent helped me, though he was oddly discourteous on the re-submission.

    Beginning to submit to publishers directly, without an agent, was my solution. Agents generally need a bigger prospective sale than some small publishers do, to make representation profitable. Unpublished writers should not view getting an agent as the only way to break through. They are not the only game in town for book authors. Solid small publishers exist.

    Congratulations on your positive rejection and the mindset that keeps you moving toward your goal while fainter hearts would falter. And thank you for all the help and encouragement you’ve given me.

    Shane (shanehayes.com; on Facebook: “Shane Hayes Author”)

    1. Hi Shane,

      You said it well; It’s how an author views rejection and her/his reaction to it that can make a difference.

      Kudos to you for what you have accomplished and thank you for reading!

      Support is a necessity when creating and thank you for yours!



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