Rejection is painful for any writer. But take comfort in knowing that even Bible authors may have faced those dreaded rejection slips.
Dear Job: Strong opening and conclusion. Cut the middle and resubmit.
|Moses, posing for a book jacket|
To Whom It May Concern: Your writing has merit, but we don’t publish books anonymously. No exceptions. And since you failed to enclose an SASE, I will not be returning your parchment of “The Book of Hebrews.”
To Matthew: Too many begats. We’ll pass.
To Jonah: Quite a fish tale. Try Field and Stream.
|Jonah on a book tour to Ninevah|
To St. John the Divine: We can’t sell the “end times” to a contemporary audience. Get with it. . .or be left behind.
|Apostle Paul gives a reading|
To Solomon: Your “Song” is too racy for our church-ladies demographic. Shame on you!
Greetings, Paul, Our Dear Brother in The Lord: The epistolary form is dead. Have you thought about doing your “letters” as a graphic novel?
Dear Daniel: We have published three other dream books in the last year. But if you ever write a Travel Guide for Babylon, send it to us.
|Daniel, dealing with rejection|
|The prophet launches his publicity campaign|
with "I Like Jeremiah" buttons,
available on www.not-for-prophet.org
Dear Dr. Luke: Your book does not meet current editorial needs. Sincerely, Pharisee Press.
Mr. Malachi: Do the math. If people tithe, they’re going to have less money to spend on books. No sale.
Dear James: We are rejecting your manuscript. Count it all joy.