- In November, Karen Rigby, reviewed 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected: And How to Be Sure It Won't Happen Again (Mike Napa, Sourcebooks, 384 pp, print or ebook) He takes up (1) editorial reasons (2) marketing reasons and (3) sales reasons--plus tips for "fixes".
- First Page, a semi-regular column by Peter Selgin which displays an excerpt from a story/novel, analyzes it, and explains why he would/would not keep reading
Successful author Ken Follett, interviewed in the January 2012 issue, didn't hit the bigtime overnight. But, he says, he knew what he wanted to achieve--and eventually, he did it.
In the same vein (and issue!), Laura Maylene Walter talks about what we've all experienced: rejection. She advises moving on, using the rejection as a motivator, looking for positive aspects of the rejection, and remembering that all writers share this crushing moment!
My soon-to-be-released novel, The Face on Miss Fanny's Wall, received 5 rejections--some encouraging, some simply form-not-what-we're-looking-for. Each time it came back to me, I went through it again with the eye of a critic and recognized its weak points. I revised and even completely rewrote--and the sixth time was the charm. I had a fantastic editor who took me through four complete edits before she/I/we considered it ready to go.
I'm preaching to the choir--we all know the necessity of a good query, a good synopsis, and the best three chapters we can possibly write. We dream about overnight success and recognize that it's rare. We all experience rejection and, hopefully, become better writers because of it.