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Quotes About Rejection

Every writer has been through it–the dreaded rejection. Whether it be via query, via agent request, publisher submission, or even just rejection from peers, when someone gives a harsh critique on your work, etc. It’s never easy. I compiled a list of quotes regarding rejection, because sometimes what does help are words of empathy.

“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” -Bo Bennett

“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” –Kurt Vonnegut

“I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours – so enjoy the view.” –Michael York

“There is probably no hell for authors in the next world – they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.” –C.N. Bovee

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your dreams. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.” -Mark Twain

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett

“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.” -Isaac Asimov

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison

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I split my time writing and working my day job as a massage therapist. If it’s a creative pursuit though, chances are I’ve dabbled in it. Hell, I’ve played around with soapmaking, beer brewing, cupcake baking, tea blending and everything else under the midday sun. At the end of the day, my constant is always reading, writing and editing. I’m an Aries-Taurus cusp–which to any astrology buffs should tell you plenty. I hit the East Coast convention circuit pretty hard and chances are, you can find me vending for Solstice Brews while simultaneously promoting my books.

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