Recovering Softcover #9: Rejection


Question: What do you do when your work is rejected?

Conscious: What is rejection? Not a personal impression on you. People are entitled to not like or understand your work. Everything ain’t for everybody.

Subconscious: What do you want to do now? Rejection that sits idle stifles your process. Determine what you want to do with it and about it.

Conscious: Procrastination is a decision, an active decision.

Subconscious: If you are afraid to put more work out or submit more work to other publications, get better with what you have now. Contact the publications that rejected you and ask for specific feedback based on how you’d like to improve then use it.

Conscious: Rejection is about being bitter, but you don’t have to stay there. All emotions associated with the writing process is valid; your vulnerability will lead to more breakthroughs than suppressing your emotions ever could.  

Be well while greeting your work. It just needs you.

Love and support from my pen to yours,


P.S. If you or some writer you know has a burning question about the woes and wins of this writing lifestyle, email Ashanti directly with your query and the subject line “Recovering Softcover” at Please note if you’d like to remain anonymous in your correspondence.

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