Have you faced rejection on your picture book manuscript/s lately?
Know that subjectivity ALWAYS plays a role in this. What one editor or agent loves another might not (and in this crowded market, 'loving' is almost always a prerequisite for acquisition). Also know that there is nothing you can do about subjectivity.
However, there are many other reasons that rejection might be popping up and these reasons might be fixable. Instead of pouting or giving up or trashing a good idea out of frustration or saying "it must be THEM and not my work!" (I've NEVER done any of those things, nuh uh), become a detective and piece together some clues as to why this might be happening.
So what about the clues?
Let's look at the following submission tips from the Rutgers University Council on Children One-on-One Plus Conference. To be part of this mentoring-based conference, a creator needs to submit work and have it selected. Check out their insights about why certain picture books were not selected last year. For more information on the RUCCs One-on-One Plus Conference, click here.
Apply these clues to currently published mentor texts and you'll see patterns emerge. Study these patterns and you'll see where you can improve your picture book manuscript and resubmit.
C'mon Sherlock. You got this.
What are the clues you use, my picture book writer friends?
I'm sharing a humorous sad-but-true Rejection Bingo post created by Zachary Petit.
This is one game I'd rather not win!
If you are a writer, you have to learn to deal with rejection. It is just part of the landscape. Here are two posts about rejection that might ease the sting. The first is by Darcy Pattison, an author who I appreciate for her honesty and insight. And, this post from Writer's Digest's Wendy Burt-Thomas may help decipher what the rejection is trying to tell you. (It is NOT telling you to quit, by the way.)
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