The 5 Stages of Rejection

The 5 Stages of Rejection | Sarah Biren Writes

The 5 Stages of Rejection | Sarah Biren Writes

That’s a great motivational quote. Except it’s a lot easier to share it on social media than to internalize its meaning.

Rejection is a horrible experience, especially in the publishing business. To authors, their books are practically their children. For years, they brainstormed, wrote, revised, worried, cried, nearly chucked the drafts into the trash, and finally—finally!—felt confident to send it off to the world. Yet the world sends it back. It stings, especially for new writers entering the publishing game with big dreams and thin skin.

Frankly, after a rejection of my own, I’m not the mood to preach why rejection is a good thing and why writers should embrace it as a way of life. This post exists to validate the emotions of a publisher’s rejection. Like therapy, except free and more entertaining.

Like the actual five stages of grief, you may have experienced these feelings out of order, missed some stages, or felt entirely different about the process. No two writers are the same, just like human beings! Let me know which stage you relate to in the comments below.

The Five Stages of Publishing Rejection

Denial

I’m gonna check my emails before my writing session today. Oh, one new message. It’s from that publisher! Oh help, I hope they accepted my manuscript! Okay, one, two, three… read!

“Dear Author,

Thank you for submitting your work to us. However, we have chosen not to accept it for publication. It is not right for us at this time.

We wish you the best of luck submitting it elsewhere.

Thank you,

The Editor

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Writer Talk #1: Editing Slump

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway

There are many posts, videos, and classes about the writing craft, but little about the emotional journey.

Therefore, besides for writing advice and rambles, I’d like to include casual discussions about my WIP on this blog for three main reasons:

  1. Additional motivation, (Writing about writing makes me want to write.)
  2. To share my mistakes so others can avoid them,
  3. To commiserate and celebrate with you.

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