Posts tagged “advice”

Feeling rejected? William Faulkner did, too

Posted Mon, 3/28/2016 - 4:54pm by  |  Category:

William Faulkner once received a rejection letter that included this critique: “My chief objection is that you don’t seem to have any story to tell and I contend that a novel should tell a story and tell it well.” Ouch,…

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Feeling rejected? Anita Loos did, too

Posted Fri, 3/04/2016 - 5:06pm by  |  Category:

Anita Loos set out to conquer Hollywood before women had the right to vote, so you can image she was familiar with shut doors and flat denials. But the California native kept at it, and the result, among other achievements,…

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Feeling rejected? Or, the time Stephen King almost got spooked

Posted Fri, 2/19/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Stephen King’s rise from obscurity has grown to near-mythical stature in the writing world. Here was a man, living in a doublewide with a toddler and a newborn, who kept up the fight. Who opened his rejection slips, found them…

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How to Find the Right Literary Agent: 4 Tips for Creating a Targeted Submission List

Posted Tue, 2/02/2016 - 2:17pm by  |  Category:

“How do I find the right publisher?” Good question. As publishing consultants, we get this a lot. Publishing can often seem like a mystery, and one of the biggest sources of confusion and frustration for an aspiring author is figuring…

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Feeling rejected? So did Kurt Vonnegut

Posted Fri, 1/22/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Twenty years before Kurt Vonnegut published his semi-autobiographical classic Slaughterhouse-Five, he sent his work to The Atlantic Monthly. Here was his first public attempt at capturing on paper the bombing of Dresden (an effort he’d try again in Slaughterhouse). What did…

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Feeling rejected? George Orwell did, too. Thanks, T. S. Eliot!

Posted Tue, 1/19/2016 - 2:59pm by  |  Category:

Trotskyite: that’s the word T. S. Eliot used to describe George Orwell upon reading an early draft of Animal Farm. The book, of course, is now a staple of most high school English classes (let alone “most influential literature” lists)….

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Feeling rejected? Ann Beattie did, too

Posted Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:54pm by  |  Category:

Last week, Sylvia Plath shared her 1962 rejection letter from the New Yorker and, admittedly, it was rather kind as far as rejection letters go. This week, we’re taking no prisoners. Ann Beattie first rose to fame in the early…

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Feeling rejected? Sylvia Plath did, too

Posted Wed, 12/09/2015 - 2:56pm by  |  Category:

Sitting at my keyboard, thinking of all the reasons why I shouldn’t write what I need to write, one word tends to flash red across my closed eyelids: rejection. What if the words I pour over, the ones I chisel…

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