Skating on Thin Ice

Skating at Rockefeller Center It’s difficult when a book you’ve created gets rejected. Even more difficult when it gets rejected more than once. But when you have enough rejections to fill up your e-mail inbox or paper your walls, despair can start to set in and make you take measures that can actually hurt your chances to get published in the future.

Did you know that resubmitting your book time and time again to the same publisher isn’t going to get you a yes when you’ve already been given a no?

Did you know that some publishers (Vintage Romance Publishing, especially) keep a log of incoming submissions along with the author’s name. This log enables the publisher to keep track of the book’s status while it’s in the submissions queue.

Did you know that you can’t get a yes just because you insist the editor is wrong?

Did you know that some authors’ names are instantly recognized in submission inboxes simply because of the sheer volume of submissions they send…for the same book? Name recognition, in this instance, isn’t a good thing.

Every author that I know has experienced rejection, and they’ve all survived it. That’s the time when you dig in your heels and grab hold of your determination with both hands. It’s not the time to let your frustration send you into a tantrum you will, most assuredly, regret.

Just remember to think before you send your book out into the cyberworld one more time. Ask yourself if it’s a wise decision to query the same publisher or to ask the editor why your book has been rejected.

As in any other business, people talk in the publishing industry. You want to get a book published, and the only way you can do that is stay on the side of the pond with thicker ice. In other words, follow the rules, learn from each rejection, and stay focused on your goal.

Good luck!

 

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