Thursday, 16 March 2017

3 Lessons About Rejection In Publishing Industry

(1)  Rejection Sucks. Is it news? If yes, then please leave the publishing industry and work somewhere else. World should not be deprived of your pious contribution in a professional arena. Publishing industry is NOT for you.
Publishing industry= Lots and lots and lots of rejection.
If you don’t have a thick skin, you have exactly one option: Develop a thick skin and stay at it till you develop it.

(2)  Rejection is Feedback. When you will be rejected your first reaction would be, “I am okay, they are not okay.” 
They have it against me. 
    (a) Racism. 
    (b) Prejudice. 
    (c) Micro-aggression. 
    You can keep enriching your vocabulary but it won’t help.
What WOULD help?
Work at your craft.
Revise like your life depends on it!
Your career for sure does depend on it.

(3)  Rejection is Empowering. Did I spell it right? Is it not depressing or disheartening, but empowering? Do I know what the word empowerment means? 
    How? How is rejection empowering? 
Every profession attracts certain kind of personalities.
What are the most common denominators of a writer’s personality? (Kindly forgive the cliché; I am trying to paint a generalized picture here.)
(a) Shy
(b) Introvert
(c) Observant
(d) Good at detecting sh*t, this also means—oversensitive
(e) Neurotic, especially prone to anxiety
List is long...

Writer do have some personality issues/ demons which
they need to slay before they can become what they are
meant to become. Let's enjoy the moment and say the
word-- HERO. 

How does the rejection process empower a writer?
In the orient, they figure out the strength of a bull for the fight arena by the following method. 
They prick a bull with a needle and measure how many times the bull charges in spite of the pain of this prick. The greater is the pain-tolerance-quotient of the bull, the stronger this bull for the fight arena.
I guess you got the answer. How rejection is empowering for the writer?
It’s the measurement of a writer's strength.
Rejection process makes a writer stronger for a long and lasting writing career. 
Do you have the mettle to be a writer?
If you can handle rejection, then...
Let’s talk about craft :)

Kirtida Gautam is a clinical psychologist, screenplay writer, and the author of yet to be published psychological thriller I am 16 I can. The novel questions Juvenile Justice System of India and raises opinion AGAINST rape culture. Follow her on Twitter @KirtidaGautam