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Kathy Temean, Writing and Illustrating Post

Posted on: January 16, 2010

Kathy Temean’s suggestions for dealing with rejections. Kathy’s site is a great resource for writers. Be sure and check out the rest of the article.


Yesterday, I listed Agent Janet Reid’s honest numbers on the amount of manuscripts she rejected in the last six months of 2009.  Today, I realized that viewing those numbers could be a real bummer for you.  It would be easy to get depressed and want to give up, especially, if you were one of those she rejected.  Heck, even if you weren’t, I’m sure you are sending out submissions and I know how hard it is to open up a letter and read, “You have written a very good book, but it isn’t right for me.” 

Jerry Spinelli says he could have wallpapered his whole house with his rejections. 

Not me, I threw all of them away, when I was in one of those rejection blues mood. 

So what do we do?  How do we stay positive and focused and not end up yelling into the phone like the woman in the picture?  Here is what I came up with: 

  1. Use the Susan O’Keeffe method.  In case you don’t know Susan, she is a very successful author.  One day she shared what she tells herself.  “I may not be the best writer in the world, but I know I am going to be the most persistent writer in the world.”  These are words that have really paid off for her.  I think they could pay off for you, too. 
  2. You make it happen.  Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.  Make a plan to work on the weaknesses or decide how to work around them.  Then use the Susan O’Keeffe method and keep submitting. 

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