March 8, 2012
I Hate Rejection
Dear Susanne Brent,
Your application to become an Examiner has been reviewed. Unfortunately, we are unable to bring you aboard at this time. We base our criteria for acceptance on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, quality of writing and knowledge of topic.
Thank you for your interest in writing for Examiner.com.
This is the yucky rejection letter I recently received from a web site. It came via email so I couldn't even tear it up and stomp on it. I've received many rejection letters for my writing since embarking upon my writing career, some nice, some downright insulting, most like this one. They all sting. What horrible, mean person composes rejection letters?
I picture them looking like this:
Okay I'm losing it. Rejection does that to me. Makes me want to yell back. Stomp my feet. Say I'll never play with you again. I become 5 not, well, you know, my age.
I wish I didn't. I wish I was mature. The thing is... I get just as stabbed in my writer's heart by that rejection form letter I received last week as I did when I got my first rejection letter back in 1987 right out of college. It's as if all my other writing achievements fade, and all that I can think is "I suck as a writer". Give up and be a waitress the rest of my life.
Rejection can make writers go a little bit out of out minds. The funny thing, well not that funny, is the topic I applied to write about for this web site, (which I will never read again. I am so petty. I know) was friendship. How dare they say I am not an expert on friendship! I still am friends with a woman I went to grade school with, and we have had many ups and downs but we are still friends. So there you stupid Examiner. In fact, all women my age know plenty about friendship. Just ask us. See....this is what rejection letters can do to a writer. We get hurt and angry and doubt ourselves and whine whine and blah blah blah.
She jumped over rejection and because she jumped over rejection she now has this: