Stephanie Bourbon on Rejection

LB’S NOTE: One of our fave TV writers-illustrators-screenwriters-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, reminds us that “it happens to all of us. Every writer has been rejected.” Here are her thoughts on handling this, erm, uncomfortable situation.


ACK I’m Still Getting Rejected!
by Stephanie Bourbon

UGH, you have sent in your manuscript or query letter and this time you did everything right. You took a class on writing the perfect query, you had your first pages reviewed, you sent to beta readers and STILL—the phone pings, you know you have an email, you go to it to see that big NO staring you in the face.

Once again, you have been REJECTED! 

UGH–it’s part of the life of a writer, but it’s still the worst!

That said, it happens to ALL OF US. Every writer has been rejected. 

Every person has been rejected. Remember your first crush who didn’t like you back? Rejection. Remember trying out for soccer even though you aren’t athletic? Rejected. Remember sending out those college applications and getting the skinny envelope in the mail?

Rejection sucks and there is no other way to say it but you have a choice, you learn how to use it to your advantage and learn from it or you let it defeat you.

If you are still reading this, I know that you aren’t going to let rejection get you down. 

I have a new video on my YouTube channel today on why specifically rejections happen. PLEASE WATCH IT HERE 

But in this blog I’m going to talk a little about the psychology that happens to all of us when we get rejected.

First we go through the emotions….

Read it all at stephaniebourbon.com