Top Tip Of The Week

Turning a Negative into a Positive

A few years ago, editors used to send rejection letters. Some would be standard and others would be personal and offer some helpful advice about why the submission wasn’t suitable. Nowadays, many editors don’t even seem to have the time to send a standard rejection.

So, if you do receive a rejection letter, and one with some details other than the usual ‘we enjoyed your article/story but as we receive so many, we can only use a few in each issue and sadly yours was one which came close’ and so on, take note of every word. If a busy editor has taken the time to say something about your submission, it’s clearly sincere and there to help you.

Sometimes we can be a bit precious about our work, especially if it’s been rejected. But those few words from the editor could make your work better and into a piece of work you can either re-submit or send elsewhere, turning that rejection into an acceptance.


When I saw this picture, I couldn’t help but smile. Happy Friday:


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7 Responses to Top Tip Of The Week

  1. What a great spin on the rejection! 😀

  2. TanGental says:

    Absolutely agree; prior t deciding to ‘go indie’ I offered myself up for rejection and wasn’t disappointed! One agent kindly told me that my main character (from my first three chapters) lacked warmth. I thought ‘bo***cks’ but a good writing friend added her spin and made me see some truth in the point. Change made I think problem was overcome.

  3. Waiting for my next rejection letter…….is there a market for them??? ;-))

  4. Sherri says:

    Great advice, thank you Esther. Have a great weekend 🙂

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