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Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing, Second Edition
John Chaffee et al.
Guide to Publishing Your Work
Getting Rejected

Unfortunately, thereís no way to guarantee that your work will get accepted when you submit it for publication. However, it is possible to guarantee that if you submit work consistently during your career as a writer, you will get it rejected at some point. Even the greatest writers have likely had work rejected many, many times.

What you have to remember is that rejection of your work for publication does not mean, necessarily, that it is bad work. Recall that journals are often very specific about what they are looking for and when. Sometimes getting work rejected is just a matter of unfortunate timing and little else. Some editors may also provide helpful advice on revision strategies, or suggest other venues to which your work may be suitable. So having work rejected is not always a complete loss.

Donít give up if your work is not accepted. Keep good track of what pieces youíve submitted where. If something gets rejected, consider researching a different venue for it, perhaps after some revising. The trick is to not get permanently disheartened and give up, even though getting work rejected is unavoidably a disheartening experience in the short term. There is nothing like the feeling, though, of having work accepted and of being able to see it in print or online. Getting published is well worth the effort it takes. With the right attention to detail, a little research, and a little luck, it is possible to give your work a good chance at reaching a real reading audience.



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