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Embracing Rejection: The Path to Publishing Success



Sean Buvala covers his face with his hand in this symbolic picture of author rejection. Get some coaching with Sean at authoryes.comToday, we will crush some myths about rejection, discuss its inevitability, share insights about the flip side, sweet success, and explain why rejection does not equal personal failure.

Understanding Rejection

Let’s have a heart-to-heart about a dreaded entity: rejection. You know that little voice in your mind that whispers, “I can’t do this because I can’t handle rejection”? Well, let’s kick that voice to the curb right now. Rejection is like rain—inevitable but essential, and sometimes, it can help you achieve blooming success.

You are going to face rejection often. People might write disconnected, undeserved reviews of your work, or you might get annoying two-star ratings with no comments. And yes, some of your works might not sell a single copy. You can handle it. But don’t let that get you down. That’s just one side of the story.

The Inevitable Success

Here’s the good news: success can be just as inevitable. On the flip side, some of your creations will sell like sugar-sprinkled, chocolate-covered, calorie-free, tax-forgiven gold coins. Occasionally, the most random idea you have will be a massive hit. And if it’s not, that’s perfectly okay, too. Every outcome gives you a new experience and a new lesson to learn.

Remember, dear authors, rejection does not equate to personal failure. Not a single moment of rejection has anything to do with your worth as a human being. Your work isn’t you. If you start tying your self-worth to your work, it’s time to step off that misleading train.

Strive, Aspiring Authors

Now that we’ve discussed rejection and personal value, let’s take some actionable steps. Put your work out there and let it drown in rejection or bathe in support. Take none of it personally. Neither the five-star wide-eyed fans nor the one-star knuckle-headed trolls always get it right. Good authors strive to do their best work and learn from the legitimate feedback they receive. They accept both 1-star and 5-star reviews as part of the process.

Oh, and don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the process. After all, isn’t that why we got into this creative field? The journey of crafting a book and sharing it with the world counts.

Rejection: Final Pep Talk

Get your work out there right now. Do not let your quest for perfection hold you back. Let’s make some magic happen. The world needs your unique spark. Shine bright.

I’m Sean Buvala, filled with a burst of creative vibes. See you on the “So You Want to Publish a Book” podcast next time. For more information, visit us at

Embrace the inevitable, learn from every experience, and let your creativity shine. Happy writing!

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