“After the Final No…” Some thoughts on rejection

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I have a line from a Wallace Stevens poem framed in my office. Here’s why I love Stevens (1879-1955): the guy was a lawyer, toiling away most of his life in the executive offices of the Hartford insurance company. And yet on his way to and from work each day, and maybe on his coffee breaks, he wrote what he called “the supreme fiction”– poetry. And not just sentimental little…


Deb Susan Does Rejection … Seahorse Style

It’s Thursday, and we’re talking rejections, which means it’s time for a story. Once upon a time, there was a tiny seahorse named Cygnus. He lived in a beautiful reef filled with corals and fish, but no other seahorses. Cygnus was all alone. He didn’t really mind, at first. He swam around and looked at the corals. He played with the sea fans. He watched the fish. He played seahorse…

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I’m a Reject, You’re a Reject, and Why This is Okay

Rejection sucks. Big time. I’m pretty sure we can all agree on that. But the truth is, nobody gets through this life without experiencing it somewhere along the way, no matter how rich or beautiful or talented you might happen to be. Everybody’s been there. Some other kid gets the part you wanted in the school play. Another candidate is selected for the job. The person you are sure is…

Monday, April 8, 2013

Deb Tawna finds rejection laughable…er, mostly

There are ways to find humor in anything life hands you. Even rejection. That’s what we’re talking about this week at The Debutante Ball, and it’s a subject near and dear to my heart. If you’re not regular reader of my blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, you might not know the story. For the sake of keeping it brief, here’s the short version: I took my first stab at…

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reject: When Syllabic Emphasis Counts

Reject. To turn away. Re-ject. Big fat loser. Same spelling but the pronunciation makes a world of difference. As writers, we get rejections on a regular basis from agents, if we’re querying, from literary, newspaper, blog and magazine editors. So many people out there who can tell us, “No.” It’s hard not to feel like the second pronunciation, a real reject. The loser kind. Some folks can’t handle the rejection and quit…

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Deb Elise Rejects This Topic Entirely

I don’t really reject the topic, I just liked that title. The truth is, I’m actually embracing the topic.  I even try to embrace rejection, though I handle that better with some things than with others. So in that spirit, I bring you my Ten Tales of Personal Rejection, in no particular order.  In most of them, I’m the rejected, but in a couple instances I’m the quite awful rejector….

Monday, December 13, 2010

The ABC’s of Agents and Rejection….

Two things happen when I hear the word “agent.”  I either picture an old-school real estate hack sportin’ a tweed jacket wanting to show you some “listings” or I conjure up images of some smarmy guy covered in gold chains looking to rob you blind and laugh all the way to the bank.  Yes, my agent philosophy isn’t exactly a positive one, but my brain is a strange place.  I…

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rejection by Guest Author Susan Rebecca White

We’re very pleased to welcome Susan Rebecca White, author of Bound South, to the ball today. Born and raised in Atlanta, Susan White graduated from Brown University and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hollins University, where she was awarded a teaching fellowship and the James Purdy Prize for outstanding fiction. Bound South, published in February 2009, was called a “wonderful debut” by Publishers Weekly, the…

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Rejection Sucks and I’m Taking to my Bed, by Deb Eve

Oh look, there’s a picture of my actual book as it was being celebrated by my dear friend, Susan (you’ll meet her in the book). No, you didn’t miss my debut. It’s 11 days, 3 hours, 27 minutes until the official release (not that anyone’s counting). But let’s just say there are a few early copies out and about. Ah, so at this happy time in my life we are…

Friday, April 3, 2009

Rejection… hurts by Deb Meredith

Who doesn’t hate rejection? It sucks. It hurts. It’s absolutely no fun. I remember my first serious rejection was during the college application process. I applied to a certain Ivy League school early decision. I had great grades and activities, and my test scores weren’t awful. I thought I had a chance. I remember being so shocked and upset that they didn’t want me. I guess I hadn’t experienced much…

Wednesday, April 1, 2009