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Hard vs Soft Rejection (and why the difference matters)

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Jason goes into the differences between soft rejections (meaning, fix what’s wrong and send it again) and hard rejections. This is well-said and possibly the most succinct-yet-folksy way of describing the differences between the two. Listen to him. (And don’t give up.)

Jason Córdova

Getting a rejection letter is hard. Quite frankly, it’s one of the worst feelings a writer will go through in their career. That feeling of utter failure, the emotional kick to the stomach that your baby just isn’t good enough. The anguish and despair upon reading “Dear [[insert name here]], we regret to inform you…” Rejection letters are inevitable in this business and we, as authors, are expected to take that rejection letter and move on.

But… but what if… the rejection letter isn’t quite what it seems? In fact, what if the rejection letter is an invitation to resubmit said novel? The only problem is, nowhere in the letter does it say this. Wait, what? Where is the manual for this publishing business, and why is it wonkier than dating in high school? Why is the principal a werewolf? Who let a zombie teach history?!


Sorry. I digress.

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Written by Barb Caffrey

August 28, 2022 at 6:22 pm

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  1. I was surprised — and pleased — to learn that rejection letters are acceptable proof with the IRS that you are endeavoring to write for profit and not as a hobby. They don’t send rejection letters to just anybody. They are badges of honor. You attempted something many only dream about, and have proof to show for it. Now, consider any advice offered, evaluate it, and either edit and resubmit, or move on. But every closed door means another might be open.

    Kayelle Allen

    August 29, 2022 at 8:33 am

    • Now, here, I didn’t know that! 🙂

      I could’ve used that, years ago…but better late than never, right?

      Barb Caffrey

      August 29, 2022 at 3:23 pm

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