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 published an ebook, Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women, in February 2020 and Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers in May 2020. Now available is Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment giving the women the right to vote. Take a look at them at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com.

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