Women and Adversity: Rejection

Ruins at Delos, Greece

Ruins at Delos, Greece

Rejection sucks.

Having editors and agents reject queries and stories is a particular disadvantage to being a writer, especially being a freelance writer.

I’ve worked in the industry for decades and have more than a thousand articles published, but I continue to get rejections.

The silver lining for me is that the most recent rejections I received included suggestions on ways to improve what I had submitted.

I sent the agents a simple “thank you” without defending myself. What would be the point?

I gained insight into my work from their comments.

What have I learned?

  • Take to heart what they said.
  • Continue writing.
  • Submit to more agents and editors.
  • Believe that my work——and yours, dear reader——will be published.

I often feel what Van Gogh must have felt when his work wasn’t accepted.

I hope.

I dream.

I write.

It’s worth my time.


Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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