“To Hell With You!”

According to Writer’s Digest magazine, sending your writing to any agent, editor or publisher and hoping it works out is a career killing mistake for a writer.

“New authors frequently pitch the wrong agents for their literary genre. An agent specializing in biography, self-help or science titles isn’t going to take on your first children’s book. He knows it’s not a good fit for his expertise, even if you don’t.” Shannon Celarek

What if as a writer you have done your homework. You have thoroughly researched their list. You have familiarized yourself with the type of books an agent, editor or publisher represents. You have studied every single genre in detail. You have even bought the books of the authors they represent. In short, you have covered every corner, checked and gone over every possible scenario, and come to the conclusion that your manuscript fits into the same category that is represented by these same agents, editors or publishers. The next thing you do is to send them your manuscript, thinking and hoping that they might reply. 

And you wait and wait, only to receive a note from one of them saying, “Your work doesn’t fit the list.” Nothing about your writing or story. Only that it doesn’t fit the list. In other words your work has been rejected.


You got the “R” word. Rejection, this “R” word, is the most dreaded word to a writer. But as Saul Bellow writes:

“I’ve discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, “To hell with you.””  

Kathryn Socket said that, and so did many others. And her book, “The Help”, which was turned into a movie, was rejected by 60 literary agents before an agent agreed to represent the author. It has since been published in 35 countries and three languages. As of August 2011, it has sold five million copies and has spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. (Wikipedia)

As Saul Bellow said, “To hell with you!”


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