What you can learn through rejection letters…
On submission? Then you’re either roller coasting upwards, or plummeting down; maybe though you’ve only just begun.
It still hurts to look at my fat folder of rejection letters, formerly known as ‘The Folder of Doom’, but I can’t bring myself to delete any of them. They’re badges of honour, aren’t they? Look at this pile, and yet still I carried on and on and . . .
Unwelcome though these missives were, they did contain some upsides though. Honest. Here’s what:
1. The Encouraging Rejection Letter
‘You write vividly, well.’ This was my first ever rejection letter dated 21 January 2013. It was for a novel called Out of The Cupboard – which was a pretentious precursor to The Maid’s Room. If an agent was bothering to be complimentary, then perhaps I was onto something, I thought. I chose to ignore every iota of advice that letter contained…
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