On Twitter yesterday, Penguin executive editor Anne Sowards posted “An offer I made was turned down. Everybody gets rejected.” And it’s worth reiterating — rejection isn’t just something that happens to authors.
Rejection happens to agents, when we fall in love with a manuscript only to find the author already has multiple offers of representation, and chooses to go with someone else.
Rejection happens to editors, who jump through all the hoops of their internal acquisitions process to put together an offer, only to fall short in an auction, or see the author go with someone else for whatever reason.
Rejection happens to all of us. And it may be worth bearing in mind all along the road towards publication.