If you have ever submitted a manuscript and have been rejected, you know how tough the publishing business can be. Writing is a wonderfully creative process from the author’s heart. In order to be a successful writer, the work requires a soul and not just something that had to be done. When you read something, and feel no heart in its creation it is not even worth reading. You might as well be writing drivel if you do not put a bit of your soul into the writing.
This is why it is so difficult for authors to accept rejections from publishing companies.Who wants to have their own soul rejected? It takes a lot of courage to send out such important work, only to have complete strangers judge and possibly reject it. All writers have a sensitive soul, which is always reflected in their best work. Flat out rejection from a publisher can feel quite painful. It is not unknown for some writers to kill themselves after many fruitless rejections.
What use is it to write if others will never know their work? What use is it to write if your words remain on a shelf never even considered by a publisher? The fear of rejection should not hinder an author from finding a publisher. There are many well-known authors who have been rejected dozens of times before they got their manuscripts published.
In some cases, the actual quality of the work doesn’t factor into a publisher’s decision to accept work. Publishers pick finished work which they think is marketable to rake in as much profit for them. They make safe choices which often lack adventure for manuscripts that are new and innovative. This of course, is not the case with all publishers, otherwise many of the literary teasures in our time would never have been seen.
If you have ever read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and felt the honesty and innocence of its young author, you never would have guessed that the diary was rejected by publishers. One of the publishers who rejected the work, went so far to say that the author of “The Diary of Anne Frank” did not have depth of feeling and only made superficial observations throughout the story.
Remember that writing is a work of art with heart and soul. If you have passion for it, let it flow and find a publisher when you’re done with your masterpiece. But keep in mind that a publisher in the publishing industry do not always know what they are talking about, obviously.