If you’re a writer trying to get your work published, you’re likely all too familiar with the feeling of rejection—from literary agents, editors, contest hosts, or literary magazines. If your work is published, then you may be used to receiving rejection in the form of bad reviews from readers. Regardless of your publishing status, all writers receive rejections at some point.
But how can we cope with rejection? Like anything else in life, it’s important to shift our mindset.
1. Understand not everyone is going to like your writing, and that’s okay.
Not everyone is going to like your writing, as it’s a form of art and not everyone connects with every piece of art. On the flip side, there will also be people who are over-the-moon about your writing. Be prepared for strong reactions in either direction and remind yourself it’s completely normal. In short, if you’ve made art that’s impactful enough to inspire love, that also means some people will passionately dislike it.
About the Author
Meg LaTorre is a writer, AuthorTuber/BookTuber, developmental book editor, and former literary agent with a background in magazine publishing, medical/technical writing, and journalism. On Meg’s YouTube channel, iWriterly, she geeks out on all things books—from the concept to the bookshelves (and everything in between). Meg also launched Query Hack, a query critique platform where writers can submit their manuscript queries or Twitter pitches for free feedback. She has written for publications such as Writer’s Digest and Savvy Authors on topics related to writing and publishing and can be found teaching online classes throughout the year. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running after her toddler, and sleeping. To learn more about Meg, follow her on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook, sign up for her monthly newsletter, and subscribe to her YouTube channel, iWriterly.
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