Anne Frank

It’s bad enough when your book manuscript comes back with a standard rejection saying that it’s “not what we’re looking for at the moment.” At least you can try to believe the book itself is good and you really are a writer.

How would you feel if you got a rejection letter that said, “The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.” How about if a publisher told you it was, “a dreary record of typical family bickering, petty annoyances and adolescent emotions.” 

That’s what was said about The Diary of Anne Frank.  The book was rejected 16 times in all, yet today more than 30 million copies are in print, making it one of the best-selling books in history.

Tip of the Week! The clichè, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is also true of writing. In the same way as you love some books that others don’t enjoy – and you can’t finish a book that everyone else raves about, the same is true of publishers and editors. If they have anything constructive to say about your story, take a good look and see if there’s a gem of truth that you need to rectify. Otherwise, perhaps they just don’t like your story. That’s not a sin. Send it out again!