Writers deal with rejection. A lot of rejection.
We want your rejections.
That’s right: send us your rejection letters, your correspondences with editors, your favorite acceptance mail, or anything else you want to share with other writers and we’ll share your comments on our blog.
What you can send:
- Rejections letters.
- Correspondence with editors or writers.
- Favorite acceptance mail.
- We’ll accept .jpegs or .gifs of correspondence and screenshots or replicated copies of emails.
- Rejections and correspondence should conceal the name of the publication and the staff member who wrote the letter.
- Acceptance mail can include the publication’s name if you’d like (we leave that up to you!).
What you should add:
- Give us some background on the piece you submitted. Otherwise, there might be some hidden messages in those letters we won’t be able to appreciate fully.
- Tell us how you celebrate your acceptances! Do you treat yourself to a nice glass of wine? A fancy dinner? Or do you turn to the page and let the acceptance fuel your writing?
- Include any lessons or tips you have learned from your many (but hopefully not too many) rejections–and successes. Help your fellow hopeful writers figure it out.
Submissions will be edited for clarity, grammar, and spelling. While we hope to share all submissions on our blog, Atticus Books reserves the right not to publish any submission we feel isn’t in the spirit of enlightenment and sharing (e.g. if your post is filled with rancor, it’s unlikely we’ll publish it). Questions? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Rejection Letter” in the subject line.
In The Book I Will Write aspiring writer John Henry Fleming reaches out to a fictional editor at Knopf Publishing and, rather than reject his correspondence, she takes the unusual leap of writing back. The Book I Will Write is an interactive project where readers are encouraged to comment on each serial installment to influence the novel’s progression.
You are invited to comment on each episode, write your own imaginary letters for the Knopf editor, Ms. Hollymore, or tell John Henry Fleming what you think he should try next with his book to pique the editor’s interest.