I was explaining rejection in the publishing world to a friend of mine the other day. She simply couldn’t grasp what a maneuvering business the writing world can be sometimes.
I asked her to imagine asking someone to dance and getting the vague reply of, “No thanks,” otherwise known as the form letter. In the writing world, if we’re lucky, we won’t get the form letter rejection. We’ll get a personal rejection. You know, the one that stings a bit more. This is the usual, “No thanks,” along with the few or many reasons WHY the person doesn’t want to dance. Maybe I’m too short. Too thin. Too fat. I smell funny. Or, and this one is the worst, I’m just not what they’re looking for right now. Sound familiar?
Funny how that form letter is starting to look better, isn’t it?
Well, I asked someone to dance the other day. I received the usual, “No thanks,” but with an added, “I’m just not what you’re looking for.”
One sentence and it seemed to make such a difference in my quiet stroll back to the sidelines.
Have you ever received a rejection like this?