How to Avoid the Rejection Blues
Don't be upset if you get rejected! Really, it isn't personal and it doesn't mean that the publisher will never accept anything from you, nor does it mean that you will never get published anywhere. Here at Brine Books Publishing we have had to decline works from authors where we had previously approved something from them. So there could be another reason for it!
Your work may need, well, more work
There is no shame in needing to work more on your written piece. Look it over. Maybe it just needs some more tinkering before they would accept it. And, if you are unsure what they may think needs to be improved... ask!
It really might not fit into their plans
They might like it. It might fit into the guidelines. But sometimes it just doesn't fit into their plans over the next few months to few years. That doesn't mean that they won't consider it down the line. If you are unsure... ask!
Maybe it doesn't fit into their guidelines
Read them over. See if it fits or doesn't. If you think it was declined for this incorrectly there is no shame in politely asking for clarification.
They might just not have liked it
If you think that this is the case it is again not personal. They might consider another piece of yours, but either way... you can submit elsewhere too. There are many publishers with a variety of different tastes and opinions. Don't give up. But if you are unsure if this is the reason or not you can always ask.
Or it could be something else. Don't be afraid to check on it.
I'm sure that you had noticed that I had mentioned about asking for clarification. That doesn't mean that you have to, but it could help you to educate yourself on why you were declined to better understand how to handle future submissions. Do not take it personally when you do either as it isn't anything against you. They often send out standard letters so as to avoid the potential conflict of some writer's taking the explanation personally, but they would probably find a way to tell you nicely if you ask them.
Of course, for some, it might be personal when declining you. But that is rare as publishers, in general, want to like you and are hoping for inspirational pieces to be sent to them. And it is possible to also turn a no to a yes if you just work with them in fitting your work into their audience.
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