Getting Your Book Published – Rejection, Perseverance and Timing for Writers


If you want to get your book published, remember that all successful published authors started out in the same place: a hopeful, aspiring, unpublished writer! This writing advice includes tips for rejection, perseverance, and timing — and great reasons why writers needn’t feel rejected if a book publisher doesn’t publish a manuscript or a magazine editor doesn’t assign a feature article.

But first, a writing quip.

“If a publisher declines your manuscript, remember it is merely the decision of one fallible human being, and try another,” said Blaise Pascal.

It’s as simple as that. If you don’t get your book published — or if you don’t get the writing contract, the article assignment, or the online writing job…then keep plugging away. Stay hopeful, stay strong, stay motivated — and it will happen for you! One of my favorite books about writing is The Writer’s Book of Hope: Getting From Frustration to Publication; click the cover for details, and read on for tips on overcoming rejection and finding the right timing…

Getting Your Book Published – Rejection, Perseverance and Timing for Writers

Keep pitching your article ideas, book proposals, and manuscripts. Last Thursday my favourite Reader’s Digest editor turned down my feature article idea about green weight loss. She gently explained why she didn’t want to publish it and didn’t slash my writing confidence – but hey, a rejection is still a rejection. I shrugged it off as a bad idea for a feature article.

The very next day, a Woman’s Day editor sent me a writing contract for that same feature article. See how you just never know? See how important it is to keep sending out your work, even if it gets rejected and even if you think it’s a bad idea? If you’re struggling with failure and disappointment, read How to Fail and Bounce Back as a Writer, Blogger, or Freelancer.

Finding the Right Book Publisher is All About Timing

It may not be your article ideas, plots, characters, themes or imagery that doesn’t work for publishers. Sometimes it’s just not a good fit between you and the book publisher, or it’s not good timing. There are so reasons a book manuscript is rejected (but some are in your control!).

One tiny possibility is that your writing isn’t good enough for some reason – but that’s one tiny possibility. More possibilities for writing rejection are: 1) your manuscript never reached the book publisher; 2) your book proposal or manuscript is buried in the slush pile; or 3) your manuscript was accidentally left on the subway.

If you think your book was rejected by the publisher because your writing isn’t up to par, then you need to improve your writing skills. Take online writing courses, read as much as you can about book publishing and proposals, and network with other writers.



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Don’t take rejection personally, fellow scribes! It’s likely not an indication of your writing skills or ideas. It may just be the wrong timing for that book publisher or magazine editor — so don’t give up if you want to be a published author.

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