Thursday, April 2, 2009

Rejection Letter - "Breakfast with Johnny".

I got a rejection letter for Breakfast with Johnny! Yeah, I supposed I could be a bit bummed out, but at least I tried submitting it somewhere. Check it out:


Dear Mr Frost,

Thank you for sending us "Breakfast with Johnny". We appreciate your patience as Escape Artists Inc. undergoes a major restructuring and expansion of its staff. I am the new managing editor of Escape Pod working under Steve (edited).

I've reviewed your submission, and decided not to purchase it. The story didn't grab me, unfortunately.

Thank you for your submission, and best wishes for you and your work.

Jeremiah (edited)
ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Magazine (edited)


So, how shall I react to this response? I guess it would be easy to give up on selling anything to this outlet, or I could go the other direction and make it my goal to submit something that they'd accept. Either way, a rejection letter is better than not submitting anything at all.

In my own mind, I'm this great writer with vast reserves of talent that I have not yet put to work. I know that I have the capability of writing something uniquely great, but I often don't dedicate the time necessary to do so. How I see myself and how the rest of the world sees me, though, may be entirely different. :)

Do you guys have any rejections you've received lately?



Jim Murdoch said...

My problem is that I haven't sent anything away for a few months. Which is a very bad example. As for your rejection, stick it in the drawer of the folder or wherever you keep them and don't make too much of it. You have got a lot more to come. They're part of life as a writer. Don't look for a pattern or anything. Just think twice the next time you send something to that magazine although really the rejection note gives you nothing particularly helpful to base any future submission on.

Renee Collins said...

Man, have I! You should check out the latest post on my blog. The worst kind of rejection.

In the end though, it really is all part of life. You've got to keep pushing. Keep going. Your time will come.

Lori Metcalf said...

Don't let it stop you from doing what you love. Keep plugging away at it because you have talent.
Don't ever take rejection personal. It is part of life, everyone has been through it, no one is exempt from it.

Jena Isle said...

Hello Brady,

You might have picked the wrong magazine to sent it too. I mean, don't let go of it, eventually it will be accepted.

My invitation for you to be one of the authors in the book that I will be self-publishing soon, is still open. I hope you'll consider it.

Good luck on your future submissions and all the best.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the support, everyone, I really do appreciate you chiming in. I was a bit mad at first, I will admit, but after a few minutes I realized that at least this rejection was something. At least I submitted something, and that's definitely better than nothing in my book.

Besides, the pro of Flash Fiction is that it is short, the con is also that it's short. Hit or miss, really. Some people will enjoy it, some people won't. And unlike a short story or a novel, you have precious little time to make that lasting impression.

Ken Armstrong said...

As Jimbo said, we have to get a lot of these things. You'll need them to brag about when you get famous, "Oh, yeah, I could paper that walls with those puppies..." - stuff like that.

Don't ever give up - I won't. :)

Jim Murdoch said...

You might be interested in my latest post Writers and rejection which I started after reading this post. You also get a name check.