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1063 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 19 Jan 2022 at 3:05 PM (16 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-19 2:22:41 PM  
I still have a nice, handwritten rejection note from The Atlantic Monthly, circa 1998. I spent a couple of years writing and submitting, with only a scant handful of published pieces.

Ironically, I've made far more money off magazines using my photography without permission. Not much negotiation room when they've already used my photo, I guess.
 
2022-01-19 3:08:12 PM  
I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled "science fiction" ... and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.
- Kurt Vonnegut
 
2022-01-19 3:09:50 PM  
My favorite is Octavia Butler's because of the wit:

When I was older, I decided that getting a rejection slip was like being told your child was ugly. You got mad and didn't believe a word of it. Besides, look at all the really ugly literary children out there in the world being published and doing fine!

But Stephen King's is probably the most practical way to take rejection:

I think being rejected can be very beneficial, especially if the work really isn't good. If it gets published, you are almost certain to find yourself looking back with great embarrassment!
 
2022-01-19 3:23:06 PM  
A guest speaker in my Magazine Writing class told us that if you sent out ten query letters and only got back one response, and it was a No, you're still doing pretty good. Most of the class groaned at that, but I found it very encouraging.
 
2022-01-19 3:34:34 PM  

Slappy Longballs: But Stephen King's is probably the most practical way to take rejection:

I think being rejected can be very beneficial, especially if the work really isn't good. If it gets published, you are almost certain to find yourself looking back with great embarrassment!


Given his oeuvre and complete lack of any sort of editing in the last thirty-five years, this quote is farking hilarious.
 
2022-01-19 3:43:00 PM  

FLMountainMan: Slappy Longballs: But Stephen King's is probably the most practical way to take rejection:

I think being rejected can be very beneficial, especially if the work really isn't good. If it gets published, you are almost certain to find yourself looking back with great embarrassment!

Given his oeuvre and complete lack of any sort of editing in the last thirty-five years, this quote is farking hilarious.


"So to find their way out of the Derry sewers, Beverly realizes they all have to form an ubreakable bond as a group, and in order to do that, they need to... JESUS H CHRIST WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?!?!?!?"
 
2022-01-19 4:03:26 PM  

FLMountainMan: Slappy Longballs: But Stephen King's is probably the most practical way to take rejection:

I think being rejected can be very beneficial, especially if the work really isn't good. If it gets published, you are almost certain to find yourself looking back with great embarrassment!

Given his oeuvre and complete lack of any sort of editing in the last thirty-five years, this quote is farking hilarious.


Well that's because he didn't need to worry about rejection after the first couple of bestsellers.

Acceptance means someone thinks they can sell your work, regardless of their opinion on it. Acceptance or rejection have no determination on the quality of work, just on it's marketability.

Nothing wrong with using rejection to take another look at a piece of writing though. Just keep in mind that the pitch is probably more likely to get you published than whatever the story is
 
2022-01-19 4:09:52 PM  
*bang*

-John Kennedy Toole
 
2022-01-19 4:47:56 PM  
Rejection got me so low
It's kinda hard when the words start to flow
 
2022-01-19 4:48:26 PM  
Garfunkel & Oates "Loser"
Youtube Kw2qEUwFbGM
 
2022-01-19 5:02:14 PM  
Getting rejected is easy. I've done it hundreds of times.
 
2022-01-19 5:22:55 PM  
The mods are way more forgiving than literary journals.

I've never known a STEM researcher who had a STEM rejection. They absolutely freak out when they get rejected from Humanities or Fine Arts journals. It's like they've never had to edit a thing before.

Fark mods are in the middle of the rejection spectrum. Which is cool, because rejected headlines can be published in newpapers and other places without being plagiarism. :P
 
2022-01-19 6:05:31 PM  

Russell_Secord: Getting rejected is easy. I've done it hundreds of times.


This thread is about writing, not your love life.
 
2022-01-19 6:21:34 PM  
49 "no's" and 1 "yes" is still a yes.
 
2022-01-19 6:45:28 PM  
I just watched the Netflix movie "Tik Tik Boom" which is really good. It deals with rejection in the theater world. Jonathan Larson's first play was rejected when he was turning 30 years old. But later on, his play "Rent" hit it big. Unfortunately, Larson died the day before the first public preview of Rent. He died at 35 year old.

"Rent" wiki
 
2022-01-19 8:04:50 PM  
I don't write too much, but i DO make tiktoks.  I have some vids with 200 views, some with 2000, and some with 20,0000.

For the most part, my worst vids and my best vids have the same value to me, because they were the best i could do at that point in time.   They were telling a story that i needed to purge out of my system, and mission accomplished.   Though, i can objectively compare the bad ones to the good ones and make determinations what works and what doesn't.  The pursuit of finding an audience is the entire point.
 
2022-01-19 8:48:18 PM  
Still doesn't kill that sneaking dread that you'll be one of the countless real creators whose entire creative output is met with only rejection.
 
2022-01-20 8:03:00 AM  
I love Octavia Butler's writing, and lately I've felt the same way. I'm repulsed by 99% of what is out there, so it's almost logical my own work would lack commercial appeal.
 
2022-01-20 9:16:34 AM  

Nurglitch: I love Octavia Butler's writing, and lately I've felt the same way. I'm repulsed by 99% of what is out there, so it's almost logical my own work would lack commercial appeal.


Most of the things I write well about exact a very high emotional toll. The energy just often is not there.
 
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