Saturday, 23 June 2007

A Philosophical Attitude to Rejection

I read an interview with Jasper Fforde earlier that made me re-think my attitude to rejection letters.

The man was rejected 76 times over a period of 10 years and kept on writing!

Find out why:

Something to think about!


Nichola said...

That interview's just what I needed to read. Not even a request for further material and no personalised rejections!

I'm not doing too badly in comparison then! 60-odd rejections for different pieces of work and one or two form rejections with notes scribbled at the bottom of the letter such as "Characters good, not our thing though," or, "V.funny dialogue, pacing needs work."

And I'm not sure if this counts as a request, but I tell myself it was. One agent replied to a query letter with, "We'd be happy to read a book proposal..." Then they rejected it.

But Fforde made a good point when he worked out it was something like one rejection every two months. "I wasn't trying hard enough."

Neither am I. I don't get rejections if I don't submit, but then again I won't get that one 'YES' either, so I need to try harder and submit more, and submit faster.

Sod the postage expense; I'll call it an investment, or borrowing against the strength of my first advance!

hesitant scribe said...

Thank you so much for directing me that interview! I love The Eyre Affair and studied Mr Fforde's work for my MA. 76 rejections. I obviosuly need to keep submitting work!

It's always a worry - being rejected - because there is the possibility that we're rejected because we are indeed crap... BUT... many of the greats were rejected endlessly too, thereby signifying Genius. Ipsofacto rejection may mean the writing simply wasn't sent to the right place at the right time...

As Nichola says - we need to submit more more more :) By jove, I do believe we have a plan!