A Rejection Acceptance

Savor the failure.

Savor the failure.

I am intimately acquainted with rejection. As I sometimes like to report, I received 114 rejections on various picture book manuscripts before I was given a contract for Sarah Gives Thanks. In the months since Sarah was published, I’ve gotten about a 100 more. Getting an agent earlier this year has also allowed me to get rejections from publishers that do not normally look at unrepresented manuscripts.

Long story short, I understand rejection quite well, thank you.

So, last year, when I learned that Cairn Press was seeking submissions for an anthology on rejection, I thought, “I need to get an essay in that book. I need to.”

And I did!

Blood on the Floor is a collection of fiction, poetry, and essays about writers trying (and often failing) to grab the brass ring. Sometimes funny, occasionally poignant, and always inspirational, Blood on the Floor is the perfect holiday gift for the scribe in your life. Get a copy now! Pair it with booze.

72 thoughts on “A Rejection Acceptance

  1. Celebrate! Pop a cork! You rock! Oh, wait. Are we really celebrating an acceptance of rejection? You betcha! Otherwise, the corks would b few and far between. But today we get to pop two corks, one for each end of the spectrum. You’ve made my day. Very nice Christmas present. Cheers!

  2. Mike, dahlink. I hate “un” words. I think we should start a campaign: “Just say ‘mais non’ to un-words.” Nix unfortunately, unhappily, unable, or maybe we should also nix regrettably, sadly, not right for, and of course the responses that begin “give it up already you sorry excuse for a writer.” What do you think? Maybe we could start a movement?—oh, don’t go down that scatological road, my friend.

  3. Congrats! Sending some virtual band-aids and daisies your way. Question–is it technically a rejection when you don’t here from the publisher\editor\agent after the prescribed six weeks? Is limbo considered rejection?

  4. Hey, Mike, how cool is that! And I’m betting your entry is a humorous one 🙂 If I drank, I might heed that suggestion, but I’m mostly a “water” kinda gal, though I’d imagine a stiff 7&7 would probably help the rejections at this point! 😉

  5. Hi Mike, This is Shirley from Baltimore. I have a poem, “The Dark Side,” in the upcoming anthology. Looks like a gem from what I’ve read so far. Enjoyed your blog post!! Rejections are jam stains on the tablecloth of life but, oh, how great when even one acceptance arrives! Thanks for sharing your story, and I like the booze part!

  6. As a writer, I feel dejected because I have not allowed myself to ramp up the rejections. Writers like you – who are not as thin-skinned as me – are the successful ones. You know your writing and your ideas and your stories are good, and you send them out for the pea-brained-ones to reject, hoping hoping hoping that someday a true original thoughtful intelligent person-called-agent will see the writing well of wonderful words and bring you into his/her fold. I, on the other hand, am a sensitive, nail-biting, procrastinating hide-my-head-in-my-own-well kind of writer. I have not yet had the strength to cover my writing wall with rejections. But you shall inspire me to try, I know that.
    Congrats on getting your essay in the book – I think a lot of us will enjoy reading it!

  7. Congratulations, Mike! Hopefully this opens a door. On the cover of that book, among those slips of paper with snippets of rejection phrases should be “We will not be publishing…” and “We cannot use…” — hahahaha! These are the ones I have ‘relished’.

  8. I made it to the sprout story and was about to leave before seeing that another post had sneaked in to the top that I also nearly missed! (I’m not keeping up well with blogging at the moment). Anyway, fantastic news, who knew that being so adept at getting rejections would pay off! Congrats to you my friend 🙂

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