6 Things You Can Learn From Rejection Letters

6 Things You Can Learn From Rejection Letters

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6 Things You Can Learn From Rejection Letters

Nobody likes rejection. How a writer feels after receiving a rejection letter is not what the acquisition editor or agent intended. There is a lot a writer can learn if they work through the initial pain of having their work rejected and take a second look at what the letter or e-mail actually said about the state of their writing. Often, there are clues on how to be successful the next time you submit. This tutorial takes an in-depth look at rejection letters and the hidden clues within those letters. If you look closely, you’ll find the inspiration and encouragement you need to perfect your craft. Analyze and understand those clues so next time that “no” becomes a “yes!”

This tutorial is presented by Charlotte Robin Cook, an experienced publisher and story editor, and Jon James Miller, an award-winning screenwriter and debut novelist. Both Charlotte and Jon have tremendous writing experience and know the ins-and-outs of rejection letters—having both written and received hundreds. They work with both first-time novelists and industry professionals and are always looking for fresh, new literary voices.

In this 33-minute tutorial video, you’ll discover:

  • The meaning behind a rejection letter and how it should be interpreted
  • What the writer needs to look for in a rejection letter
  • The difference between a standard and a personal rejection letter
  • How to avoid receiving a standard rejection letter
  • How to make the most out of a personal rejection letter
  • How to gain encouragement out of a rejection letter
  • How to read between the lines of a rejection letter to gain insight into your own writing
  • How to handle an open invitation to resubmit (and what not to do)
  • What it means when you hear, “We can’t market your work.”
  • The one thing you can do to keep the door open after receiving a rejection letter from an acquisition editor or agent

Rejection is not easy, but it is also a reality for every writer—especially in the beginning of their career. Take that rejection and work it your advantage. Learn how to use the clues within the rejection to take your work to the next level. This is vital to anyone serious about having a successful career in writing.