Not Getting Into Pitch Wars Isn't the Universe's Message to Me

Column by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson reflects on the devastation of not making it into Pitch Wars this year, and affirms that writing is her calling, whether or not she gets rejected.

Dispatch from the Querying Trenches

Column by Karis Rogerson
Writer and aspiring author Karis Rogerson talks about querying, having thick skin, and the hope that propels her on the hard days.

How To Read Between The Lines of Your Rejections

Column by Lisa Bubert
What are those pesky rejection letters actually telling you?

Storyville: Surviving Rejection

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips, stories, and advice on how to survive rejection.

Why I (& Many Editors) Reject A Book Based on the First Paragraph

Column by Christoph Paul March 12, 2019
The first line matters more than you think.

Dirty Little Secrets, Part Three: Why the Agent Requested—and Then Rejected—the Full

Column by Susan DeFreitas
Good news: The agent requested the full! Bad news: The agent said, “Thanks but no thanks.”

On the Thickness of Skin

Column by Annie Neugebauer June 6, 2018
On the concept of writers needing to develop a "thicker skin," and why it's a damaging myth.

9 Ways To Punch Rejection In The Nuts—A Positive Outlook

Column by Holly Slater September 14, 2016
What are your odds of rejection as a writer? High! High as a motherfucking kite, my friend. This is a motivational piece, by the way.

Why Working a Shitty Job Makes You a Better Writer

Column by Max Booth III March 10, 2016
Terrible jobs can train writers how to survive in a world that is constantly attempting to take a dump on their heads.

5 Famous Bestsellers That Were Rejected (And 50 More)

Column by Michael David Wilson
Rejection is hard, but it's universal. We highlight 55 bestsellers that were rejected.