Read My Rejection Letters!

Many people seem to think that authors who have published a book do not experience much rejection. Well, I have hundreds of rejection letters and I thought you might enjoy reading excerpts from a few of them.

Thank you for your letter and submission.  Editorial Director Cynthia Sherry and I have conferred, and we regret that this is not a work we feel we can market successfully at this time.

We received your query letter regarding the children’s book manuscript you have written.  We appreciate your interest…. However, we are sorry to report that your manuscript does not fit our needs at this time.

Thank you for your submission.  While you have some interesting manuscript, our editors decided it does not fit with our current publishing plans.

We read your manuscript with interest, but unfortunately, it does not suit our list.

Thank you for submitting your manuscript.  We have read through your material, but find that it does not meet our publishing needs at this time.

In addition to my rejection letters here are some excerpts from famous author rejection letters:
  1. Sylvia Plath: There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.
  2. Rudyard Kipling: I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.
  3. J. G. Ballard: The author of this book is beyond psychiatric help.
  4. Emily Dickinson: Your poems are quite as remarkable for defects as for beauties and are generally devoid of true poetical qualities.
  5. Ernest Hemingway (regarding The Torrents of Spring): It would be extremely rotten taste, to say nothing of being horribly cruel, should we want to publish it.
The rejection letters (phrases) for these famous authors have gone down in history because of how outrageous they seem to us now.  It seems odd that these authors were rejected so cruelly.  But these comments show us that rejections letters to famous authors are no different than not-so-famous author rejection letters.

Thank goodness these authors kept writing and submitting.