How to Avoid Misery Over Rejection

Eve Lomski

In a very honest essay about persevering as fiction writer (and having the faith to try it in the first place), Eva Lomski discusses how she manages the submissions and rejection process:

The best way I found to avoid misery over rejection was to ensure I had as many stories on submission as possible, so that when the inevitable email arrived, my emotional investment was left relatively unscathed. Every so often, I went through the spreadsheet, counted my “successes” and calculated my hit rate. It remained stable.

Click here to read Eva’s entire essay, in the latest Glimmer Train bulletin.

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

I’m heading over now. Thank you, in advance, as this is something I am experiencing at the moment!

Joe Kovacs

Jane, I like the idea that you’re trying to teach social media without making those who implement social strategies “feel like marketers”. I’m sure you may already know (or know about) Scott Stratten at It seems as though the best types of marketing in the digital age seem like anything BUT marketing; they seem more like, to use Scott’s URL, “un”marketing. Happy new year. Joe Kovacs

chelsea jacobs

That is excellent advice!


Thank you for great suggestion! I recognize myself in some moments 😉