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Rejection Letters

The Surprising Way I Taught My Daughter About Success

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 06.15.2016 | Parents
Lindsay Ferrier

After years of summer drama camps, acting workshops, and children's theater performances, you finally faced your first major audition yesterday. You were going for the role of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and you arrived at the audition to find that 25 other girls all wanted the part as much as you did.

Artists' Rejection Letters Add Up -- Should They Hold Onto Them?

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.25.2017 | Arts
Daniel Grant

A lot of meaning is imputed to what is often a form letter: the art isn't good; the artist is a bad artist; the artist is an idiot for having submitted artwork in the first place; the person who sent the letter is stupid and biased; that person expressed the considered opinion of the entire world.

The 5 Worst Things a Writer Can Say

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.25.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

This past week, I launched my fifth novel, Chance Harbor, provoking a friend to exclaim, "Wow, you're popping out books like Tic Tacs, aren't you?" S...

Rejection Is Good For You

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

What I did not realize, as I started down the long hard road to finding an agent and attempting to sell my writing, was how much these rejections would help me in other aspects of my life

My Daughter's Career Choices: Journalist, Doctor, or Pet Photographer

Al DeLuise | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I blame my grandmother on my mother's side. She's the one that started all this. Sure, she's been dead for nearly 50 years but that doesn't get her off-the-hook. She knows what she did -- she's the one that put the curse on this family's creativity.

Why Being Rejected By Your Dream School Isn't The End Of The World

The Huffington Post | Jessica Kane | Posted 04.23.2014 | College

Everyone's had nightmares about that classic thin envelope. It's something you dread from the time college is a mere blip on your radar, to the moment...


Brian D. Cohen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

From a rejection letter received the other day -- I am both honored and deeply flattered that you have chosen "X" Gallery to review your work for e...

How to Handle Rejection With Grace and Aplomb

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 07.15.2013 | Comedy
Linda Howard Urbach

Dear Big Chance Book Awards: My question is, why didn't I even make the semi-final list of over 8,0000 aspiring writers? Are you kidding me? I want my entry fee refunded or I'll report you to the Attorney General. Yours, sincerely, etc. etc.

The Pleasure and Pain of Rejection

Leslie Goshko | Posted 07.14.2013 | Comedy
Leslie Goshko

At one time or another we've all felt the bitch-slap of rejection, I'm no exception. The following are some excerpts from rejection letters I've recently received.

My Kid, the Jewish Day School Reject

Malina Saval | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Malina Saval

My 5-year-old son, Boaz, received two thin envelopes in the mail (in Los Angeles by the time a kid is 2, it's not unheard of that he's fielded enough ding letters from private preschools to wallpaper his playroom).

10 Best-Selling Books That Were Originally Rejected

Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire Anyone who has ever wanted to work in a creative field, be it writing, painting or playing music has been told they’d better deve...

Numbers In Literary Publishing: You Have One Sentence

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 09.27.2011 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Big rejection numbers in publishing are not important. Big numbers in general are not important. No, the number to worry about is one. One. That's how many sentences you have to impress an agent or editor.

Famous Author Rejection Letters | Posted 09.25.2011 | Books

Many new or mid-level writers have received nasty or rude rejection letters. But when famous author rejection letters come to light, people laugh and ...

How To Interpret Rejection Letters From Literary Agents And Editors

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

Rejection letters from literary agents and editors of literary journals can be discouraging—especially impersonal, one-line form letters. But reject...

Lafcadio Hearn Begs, "Don't Disgust Me, Please --"

Carolyn Vega | Posted 06.01.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

One-eyed, diminutive and poor -- and self-described as painfully awkward -- Hearn was nonetheless a hit with certain ladies. One of these ladies, Ellen Freeman, did not excite reciprocal feelings.

A Problem All Artists Face: Dealing with Rejection

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Rejections do mount up, particularly in the early years of an artist's career, and a growing number of artists attempt to look at them in a positive light.

We Regret To Inform You: The Funniest Rejection Letters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

We regret to inform you... A gallery of other people's rejection letters....

My Publishing Journey from eBooks to pBooks

Boyd Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Boyd Morrison

Twenty-five publishers turned down my thriller novel, The Ark. If you're not familiar with New York publishing, that's everybody.

'Other People's Rejection Letters': 9 More Of The Craziest Rejection Letters (PHOTOS, POLL)

Bill Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bill Shapiro

Over the last few years, I've been collecting other people's rejection letters (more than 700, in fact) for my new book, and every person who lent me a letter was glad they'd held on to it.

Dear High School Senior Who Just Got Rejected From __________

Riley Waggaman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Riley Waggaman

Dear High School Senior Who Just Got Rejected From __________, You got rejected from __________? Don't worry I know someone who goes to __________ a...

'Other People's Rejection Letters': 8 Of The Craziest Rejection Letters (PHOTOS, POLL)

Bill Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bill Shapiro

I'd wager that more rejection letters are being received in this country than at any time in its 234-year history -- rejections for big jobs and lowly internships, for mortgages and small business loans.

An Agent's Prerogative and an Author's Frustration

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I continue to write with a sense of determination that I get my first novel into print -- with or without some gatekeeper's discourteous blessing.

College Rejection Letters: The Best, The Worst, The Cruelest, The Kindest

Wall Street Journal | SUE SHELLENBARGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Members of this year's record-size high-school graduating class applied to more colleges than ever -- and now, that's resulting in a heavier than usua...

Love, Limits, Letting Go: Good Enough for Obama

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

If your kids are in high school, here is what you can practice: Tell them how much you believe in them, and prove it by practicing the art of letting go.

Wall Of College Rejection Letters: How Kids Cope | Peter Schworm | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

High school seniors everywhere have traditionally posted their rejection letters as an act of collective defiance against the high-pressure and hyperc...