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Rejections, thick skins, and practice

In the past couple of days, I've learned that maintaining a thick skin takes practice, the same way as growing one does. After six years, countless rejections (and a final line editor calling one of my heroines TSTL...two weeks before the book was scheduled to be released :grin: ) I think I've developed a pretty thick skin. If I'm submitting regularly, I'm generally averaging a lot of rejections at once, and I have no problem ignoring them and moving on to the next project.

In the past few weeks, I've gotten a couple of rejections that I took way more personally than I should have. This past year, I haven't done much submitting at all, and I think I'm out of practice as far as the rejections go.

Does this happen to anyone else, or am I the only crazy one around here? :grin:


Blogger Joan Swan said...

Sorry about the rejections, Elisa. I suppose we all have to adjust to them to some degree -- because they never end. Even when we're published. Then we move onto reviews and sales numbers and second contracts, etc. which could be acceptances or rejections in themselves.

Rejections hit me differently based on many different factors--If they obviously didn't even look at the work, if they sighted something as poorly developed that I took painstaking care in creating, whether or not I'm PMSing. :-)

Hang in there!

4:00 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

Two weeks before? That's a little harsh! Either say something when it's fixable, or shut up!

You have thicker skin than you think.

6:29 PM  
Blogger B.E. Sanderson said...

I've gotten pretty good at weathering rejections, but every once in a while one will arrive that will hit me wrong. Totally bums me out for days.

6:50 AM  

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