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Rejected! Advice to writers everywhere.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
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She tried. Lots.

You might easily overlook this website with rejection advice for writers everywhere.  You shouldn’t.  It’s really good stuff over at Aerogramme Studio.

A sampling:

“This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“I got a rejection letter from an editor at HarperCollins, who included a report from his professional reader. This report shredded my first-born novel, laughed at my phrasing, twirled my lacy pretensions around and gobbed into the seething mosh pit of my stolen clichés. As I read the report, the world became very quiet and stopped rotating. What poisoned me was the fact that the report’s criticisms were all absolutely true. The sound of my landlady digging in the garden got the world moving again. I slipped the letter into the trash…knowing I’d remember every word.”David Mitchell

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.”Sylvia Plath

Read the rest here.