Breaking Down the Rejection Letter

(Ah, notice how there is no introduction. No, hey you. No, Dear Author. This could be the letter that is mailed en masse to all authors who have submitted query letters.)

Thank you so much for sharing your work with me. It isn’t the right fit for me at this time. I wish you luck on your publishing journey.

 (The direct brush-off. “Thanks for sharing with me” is just a kiss of kindness so that the reply does’t reek of an automated response. And then the door slams behind you, just missing you as you step through the door as they wish you “luck” on your publishing journey.)


(Pam’s assistant)

(I present this letter (coughs here) in jest. Rejection letters don’t bother me. As I said earlier in this space, I expect them. But I continue to be amazed at the callousness of people in an industry that demand that we authors research and learn as much as possible about them when they barely even acknowledge us when they reject us. I suppose I should just be happy that I even got this much in return. After all, I’ve sent out nearly half a dozen query letters and gotten two form rejection letters (one-liners) in return.)

The lesson, one that has been learned by many authors before us, is that we not take these rejections personally. And I don’t. Every agent and publishing house will not love my novel as much as I do. They won’t share my excitement and that’s okay. I am seeking a publisher who sees Glory, Marcus, Petey and Joseph as clearly as I do. A publisher who knows that these teenagers have an audience waiting to hear them speak. 

And, now my elevator pitch: In a society, where survival of the fittest is valued more than the village mentality, four teenagers are thrown away and placed in a home for troubled youth. Once there, they learn that the village sometimes is made of people who don’t look anything like them, but people who love them and connect with them in ways that no one else is able to. In Tattered Butterfly Wings, four teenagers learn how to overcome their pasts and learn how to love and support each other so they can heal and learn how to fly again. 

Happy reading and writing!

Peace & Love, 



About Rosalind Guy

I'm broken & my soul is weary/ my weary soul rebels, fights/ anything & anyone who tries to heal me/I beat my head against a wall of memories/ trying hard to break free from the chain of memories/ I can only be free by saying it so/ i weave a necklace from words and finally/ I find freedom/ free free free. As you can see, words are powerful to me. As Maya Angelou said, words are wallpaper of the soul. I have lots of nightmarish memories that threaten to break me, but I learned a long time ago about the power of words. They can be used to heal and destroy anything that threatens to destroy the person. Words coupled with love have the power to save and heal. I am author of three books: Skinny Dipping in the Pool of Womanhood, Tattered Butterfly Wings, and Blues of a Love Junkie. I am a high school English teacher. I am a former reporter. I am a mother. I am a woman. I am a fierce advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, those who's voices go unheard. Check out my Amazon author page at the following link:
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