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At some point, every writer feels less than optimistic about accomplishing his or her dreams as a writer. But if you’re feeling like gloomy gray clouds are shadowing everything you write, here’s something to brighten your day: Just because you worry that a future as a writer is out of reach doesn’t mean it actually is. Writer’s Relief offers some signs that your frustrations are really inspirations in disguise!
Strange-But-True Proof Your Writing Career Is Heading In The Right Direction
You’re getting a LOT of rejection letters. You may be thinking, “Isn’t that the opposite of what I want?” But the truth is, effective submission to literary magazines and agents is a numbers game. The good news is, there are a LOT of markets available to today’s writers. The bad news is, you have to spend a LOT of time researching them to find the ones that are just right for you.
A robust submission strategy means that a healthy number of submissions are regularly being submitted for consideration. But it also means that a healthy number of rejection letters arrive too. Don’t worry about getting rejections; worry about NOT getting them. If you’re not regularly receiving rejection letters, you may not be submitting with enough focus and energy to get the acceptance letters you’re hoping for.
If you find yourself stumbling when trying to consistently make targeted, accurate submissions, Writer’s Relief can help. Our Review Board is reading for new clients right now! We can assist you with preparing and targeting your submissions to literary agents and literary journals.
We have limited openings on our client list in the following genres:
- Novels and memoirs
- Short Stories and essays
Approximately 80% of applicants are turned away out of necessity, so send your BEST work.
Of your rejections, some have been “nice no thank yous.” Believe it or not, there is a secret language of rejection letters. Many literary journals and agents use a tiered response system. If you’ve received personal notes, nice feedback, or even requests to resubmit—these are especially good signs that you’re on your way.
Teachers and mentors are giving you positive feedback. When your creative writing professors, freelance editors, critique partners, and other readers tell you your writing is really starting to shine, you might just be on the brink of your first publication—or your big break in the publishing biz.
You respond to disappointments with a shrug. It’s perfectly normal to feel disappointed by rejection letters and unfavorable critiques. But disappointment is only a problem when it stops you from moving forward in your career. Being disappointed is a rite of passage for writers; and learning to shrug off those feelings of disappointment is a sign that your attitude will take you far.
You sometimes feel like you’re two steps behind. If most of your conversations with other writers end with you feeling like everyone else knows something that you don’t, then take heart in this: YOU, friend, are learning. You are getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself in situations that will help you grow. Some writers never reach that point—and their careers stagnate. Remember this: The fact that you’re filled with more questions than answers means you’re moving forward—and you won’t be lagging behind for long.
You’re reading this article. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably someone who is hungry for information about how to be successful as a writer. And your curious, go-to attitude will take you places!
Question: Which of these signs have happened to you?