How to Write After Facing Rejection from a Publishing Company

Writers can face many rejections through their careers, such as rejection from a publishing company, a book not selling as well as an author thought it would, or even disapproval from friends and family. Sometimes writers may get discouraged from these rejections, but none of these should stir that writer away from writing what they have to write. It’s fine to get discouraged, but perseverance is key. But how does a writer do that when they’re told by a publishing company, “We just didn’t connect with the material?” Let me break that down for you.

J.K. Rowling is by far one of the most prolific writers who ever lived. Harry Potter is beloved by millions and has garnered billions of dollars in revenue not only for her, but for her publisher as well. However, Rowling was rejected 12 times before she finally found a publisher who would take a chance on her, an unpublished author at the time. And even though she was broke, that didn’t stop her. She had the passion to continue her project that they thought was nothing more than a joke. The publishers didn’t think that a young boy with a wand and a fat man with long hair and a beard could succeed in a book. And with her endless perseverance, all it took was one yes. Afterwards, Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling became household names. She faced the pain and didn’t let it stop her, just as your pain and failures shouldn’t stop you.

Publishing companies are shrewd. There are only so many books that they can accept, and that number is no where near the amount of submissions they receive. That shouldn’t discourage you as there are alternative routes that writers can take, such as self-publishing. Maybe this route won’t give you the millions you dream of making, but if it gets your work of art in front of a reader, it is a success. I have been an Independent writer for most of my writing career, and I have faced criticism from those who have read my books. That it is a part of writing. I heard somewhere before, whether they criticize you or compliment you, you are doing something right. It means they are giving your work attention. 

The most important thing is to not let rejection stop you. Write anyway. Use the frustration and let it fuel your writing. Instead of feeling down and depressed that your work hasn’t been accepted, keep writing anyway. All it takes is one ‘yes.’ And if not, self-publish. For more tips on writing, check out my audiobook, Your Writing: Tips on Making Your Amazon Kindle Book Great, narrated by Chiquito Joaquim Crasto.  It is a short audiobook on the process of making a Kindle book, which is a good start in writing an independent book.

Don’t get discouraged by a publishing rejection; writers have many options besides big publishers. And remember that the most successful writers never walked away from their passion, no matter how hard life got for them.

Writing When You Can’t Go To Your Favorite Place Anymore

You have been going to your local coffee shop like Starbucks to write. Or maybe you enjoy writing at local library. Then all of a sudden the Coronavirus hits. You are thrusted into writing in an environment you don’t want to write in. You have to write at home, which isn’t always good, especially when aggravation rises from being cooped up with your family. When you are in lockdown and can’t go to where you want to go, it sucks. Then things started opening up and you could write outside, but that leads to swatting at flies, dodging bees, or running away from spiders. Safe to say, you have trouble concentrating during this time. So what do you do? How do you keep your confidence up in a time that doesn’t look good?

With any lockdown situation, you have to make the best of a worst situation. This is what Joe’s Writers’ Club did. What turned into an in-person meeting became an online presence. The meeting stayed open and we continued to meet virtually. We started Google Chats with each other and used other means of communication such as Zoom.  Everyone has been working hard at putting a product out there that can help writers of all kinds. 

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Joe’s Writers’ Club has improved my confidence.  It has helped me to work and contribute to a cause greater than my own.  Even with Corona going on, it didn’t stop me as a writer. It was just a matter of facing the storm. Sometimes as a writer we have to get comfortable writing somewhere new. Times are rough right now, but if your family is interrupting your writing, you can use a pair of headphones to avoid their distraction. I know it’s not easy, but sooner or later things will get better.

You probably had a favorite place that went to everyday, and unfortunately, some businesses closed down permanently. Maybe even your favorite coffee shop. But it’s best to not get discouraged. You will find a new place when this pandemic is over. And you may have to try different places to find out which one feels best for you. For now, that’s not so easy. Lots of places, like Starbucks, are still not allowing people to stay inside for long periods of time. So unless you’ve found comfort at home or in a park, writing hasn’t been the easiest.

Thankfully, the worst may have passed with all of the vaccines that have been administered. (I’m not saying if getting vaccinated is right or wrong; that decision is yours to make.) All I’m saying is maybe in time we will write where we did before, but as of now with a writer it is a matter of learning to be comfortable writing in uncomfortable places. It just takes stepping out of your comfort zone to get to the point where you feel at ease. Maybe a library is open. Maybe you can sit outside a coffee house. Just don’t lose hope. Things will get better.

Paragraphic Rift: Inspirational

Joe’s Writers Club’s Paragraphic Rift is a blog devoted to the improvement of one’s literary voice and overall creative power. We take you from inspiration to a creative obsession, and from your own personal creative obsession into the creative obsessions of others. 

Once you have the networking of minds, brainstorming, creative workshopping, and adaptive book craft meetings between active creators take your own projects to the next level. 

Do you have issues with confidence or presentation? Does your manuscript sit and sit without a way forward? You have but to access our JWC-XYZ program and use the techniques in order to improve your voice, maximize your muse, and acquire a target audience. Climb with us into the Paragraphic Rift and explore the depths of therapeutic creativity. 

This is our Writer’s Accelerator 

JWC-XYZ Writer’s Accelerator: Creative Editing: 

Bold Numbers = Start / Stage Orientation 

Analysis for Voice: Page, Theme, Outline, Comb editing the text 

1: What was your inspiration? 
2: How loyal are you to your Muse? 
3: Have you imposed narrative Timelessness? 
4: Have you Polished your text? 
5: Have you done any Creative Workshopping? 
6: Have you Weaponized the Core? 
7: Have you imposed narrative Temporality? 
8: Have you checked narrative Continuity?
9: Have you checked for Redundancy in your text? 
10: Have you imposed Adaptive Book Craft criteria? 

Analysis for Voice: Overview 

Although there is no true order for this creative editing / self workshop checklist, we will proceed with a one to ten explanation. 
1: What was your inspiration? 

5: Have you done any Creative Workshopping? 

10: Have you imposed Adaptive Book Craft criteria? 
Keep in mind that X: 1-5-10 may be “started” at 1,5, or 10, depending on the development of the project or draft of the text. 

The purpose of the JWC-XYZ format is to help in interfacing / developing one’s literary voice, and that all of these factors from point 1-5-10 have an importance, but some may pertain to a deficiency in what you are writing. 

Going down the list and transposing all the factors involved will aid in pointing out what it is you think is off. 

Each factor was boiled down from FAQ and or observations during self workshopping and even creative workshopping within a writer’s circle such as Joe’s Writers’ Club. 

The following is a point by point for definitions as well as functionality. 

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1: What was your inspiration? 

How does one attain inspiration? A wise old creative writer once said that you have to read well to write well, and as obvious as this sounds it is not a default setting for young writers. 

Another angle is to write what you like to read. 

Obsess over what you wish to create, obsess over what you love to read, and what you find from such obsession will fuel your creativity.

A creative obsession is how one attains a “literary voice,” otherwise known as a style or characteristic distinctive to their own writing. 

1A: Write what you like to read 

Talent assessment: journal, poetry, novel, drama? 

If you wish to inform, take up Journalism. If you wish to transform, take up Poetics. If you wish to express, be a Novelist. If you wish to impress, be a dramatist. 
If you need to write about a flower field, then go find one and write what your poetic senses tell you. Sketch the flowers, the dew, sunlight, the flight path of bees, and any beasts you see meandering amid the outreaching nature at play. Study the way architecture sits, on what hill, composed of what, in what state of completion or ruination, so that those who read have a basis to plug into. It is in the writer’s seeking that they come to discover the way in which their talent flows. How else will you learn to obsess? 

Explore ceaselessly… Learn to be creatively obsessive. Learning to paint? View color. Learning to write? View drama. Baptize yourself in what’s cool, what’s wicked, what’s awesome, so that what you dig becomes second nature. Pursue fascination and seek awe in everything you dig. (Dig = your understanding) Rising from what you dig is a muse of a lifetime, and this data should be assessed, its potentiality in a creative agent is to be outlined so that one’s personal ability may be known. Find awe in words. Study authors, and then obsess on who said authors read. Pursue the lineage and descendancy of all language until the symmetry of myth is opened to you. 

1B: Read Well, Write Well 

How many books read / loved? How many books read / hated? How many books read / blah? How many books read / obsessed? Add them up, so that you have some idea of how much further you have to go. Our / your goal is to double that number! 
So read double as many, and know there is no way to fail… 

If you think you know enough, know that you could never know enough. If you think that you need to learn, know that you can never learn / know anything. If you believe that dreams come true, know that dreams are timeless goals. Temporal goals are for today, timeless goals are the dreams we seek for always. Only to the lover of a dream, does the dream unfold. 

The great Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss.” 

Baptize yourself in temporal goals based in daily attainable satisfaction  
Dream seemingly impossible dreams… and never give up 

Take the 1B: challenge yourself over the next year or two… See if your muse doesn’t brighten!