Why is your manuscript being rejected?

Why is your manuscript being rejected?

manuscript1Ardain Isma

Let’s see. You have no name recognition, you can’t sell books, people will say. Don’t believe them. There are, however, many reasons why. But I don’t wish to enumerate them all this morning. So, I’ll focus on one.

In the business of making money, too often NAMES sell, not the content of your gut-wrenching story. Sadly so! It is a biased attitude literary agents and publishers alike will never share with you. In parts, it’s true. Like in most entertainment venues, the literary industry is no different, because the psychology of readers has not changed. Famous authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker are among the name-recognition elite. Many readers, especially in academia, would love to be identified with them, and there is always an intellectual pride to showcase their books in your library.

Don’t feel intimidated. Breaking-through is the key. There was a time, these folks were the no-bodies. That gives hopes. Don’t’ take my words. Read their bios, and you’ll see. Don’t feel helpless, and most importantly, don’t be the harmless prey in the boogeyman’s fatal nest. There are plenty of dishonest people out there who will tell you they know what “the problems are.” And they’ll charge you thousands of dollars for developmental editing, for countless revising and more…

But how do you establish yourself as THE impeccable writer? Here is the key: Determination, determination, determination. Don’t take NO for an answer. NEVER. Keep trying until a publisher comes along. Make sure, however, that your story is compelling, well-developed, well-written and that your heart is well suited in it. Tell me what you think…. Leave me a message….

NoteArdain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine. He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Studies at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.

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2 thoughts on “Why is your manuscript being rejected?

  1. Yes . Again thanks for your thoughts. I know very few writers whose first book were bestsellers. Which implies that they found a good publisher to make it happen for them. Now, with all this new technology thing, would you suggest that if a writer got rejected, he/she can go and publish nonetheless.

    1. This is a very good question. In today’s reflection, you’ll find the answer. Self-publishing is an option, but certainly not the best. Writers have a steep mountain to climb because all traditional venues simply won’t allow them to break the ice. You can do your marketing, but it is hugely expensive. You can promote through social media, but this is time-consuming, although I recommend it as the best option for emerging writers. In essence, keep submitting your queries, despite a mountain of rejection letters. You can also try independent and university publishers…