I have heard of many authors who framed their rejection letters. But I have to say, when I first heard this, I didn't get it. To me, a rejection letter would feel like, well, a REJECTION!
And nothing about that sounds frame-worthy!
But, after sending out my manuscript out to many publishers, I am on the other side of rejection letters and, now, I better understand!
Because, believe it or not, I think every one of the rejection letters I received is truly a gift.
I cried and felt completely vulnerable and utterly rejected each time I received one.
And, I had an overwhelming sense of disappointment and failure.
And, I put the book away (many times) and thought that, "perhaps it wasn't anything special anyway"
I doubted myself, my abilities, and my dream.
and all of that sucked!
But, each rejection gave me a place to pause and truly think about my book.
I read the feedback (when there was some).
Much of it stung.
Some of it felt completely wrong.
Some did not.
But, I considered it all.
And, I made some changes - which improved my book...to which I am grateful for.
But, mostly, I became clear.
Clear about what my book is about.
Clear about what, about my book, I am not willing to change.
And, clear about the message I want to convey.
This clarity is the gift of those rejections letters.
And for that, I am grateful!