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What to do with Rejection Notices

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

Those of you who have been submitting work to publishers for many years have probably collected more rejection slips than you’d care to admit. It was more fun in the old days when the slips came in the mail and were quite colorful despite their depressing message. Back in the day, we would share creative alternatives to trashing them. Some people made them into piñatas, and some papered their powder rooms or depending on quantity) family rooms with them. I took a bookbinding workshop so I could compile my first set of rejections into a book.

Just because rejections are now delivered online doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with them. Regardless of how they’re delivered, rejection notices are depressing. Instead of taking anti-depressants, you might consider getting crafty and transforming them into objects d’art. Though we all know that the best way to handle rejection is to sit back down and write.

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