I was rejected today by a publishing house. I got very close thanks to my wonderful agent, but in the end they decided to pass on my book. Insert scene from Sideways. Intellectually, I know rejection is a part of writing, but for some reason it’s tougher to take the closer you get to actually signing a deal. In my grief, I went looking for solace where everyone else does these days – the internet. I googled rejection and found this little tidbit on NPR: Famous Authors’ Rejection Letters Surface. I keep telling myself I’m not alone. So far it’s not really helping.

Don’t worry. I’ll stop feeling sorry for myself tomorrow. Got any rejection stories you care to share?

4 thoughts on “Rejection

  1. Plenty to rejection to go around. Took me two years to finally get ink on the paper. My blog is at, has links over to my site and book. Best of luck to you!

  2. Darien Alber shot me down when I asked her to homecoming in 10th grade. I was devastated.

    I heard she is obese now, lives at home with her parents and got impregnated by an unsavory fellow. Thats what you get for not going to homecoming with me you wench.

  3. Sounds like you dodged a bullet, Tim. Who knows, if she would have said yes, you may be living with her in her parents’ house and you would be left raising some unsavory fellow’s child.

  4. I posted my thoughts on rejection today.

    Dr. B

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