02 October 2011

Rejection Letter From My Future Selves

by Diane Carlisle

I read a few intriguing examples of letters by authors wanting to publish their works. Strangely enough, the letters were written by their future self/selves giving valuable advice to their past self. The idea was to expose the reasons we are consistently rejected. These turn out to be lessons learned for many writers, good writers even.

We all know the things we've done in our journey as writers. But damn it! We knew we could write, so why did we get rejected? Why was my masterpiece not accepted for publication? It was masterfully crafted and beautifully written.

I loved this idea and so I wanted to share my letter to myself, the Diane back in 2000. I hope you enjoy. How am I supposed to grow if I can't poke a little fun at myself, right?

Dear Role-playing Gamer Chick,

I am sorry to inform you that we are not able to accept your fantasy novel as a sub-genre romance depicting the woes of your fairy character and her struggles to win over the dark elf of Norcastanomapostia.

Though your passion for writing is apparent to us all here at Carlisle-Publishing, we feel that you will do well to live life to its fullest, outside of the gaming world, in order to establish that much needed connection that will make your story more palpable to those lovers of fiction in our current market.

We wish you well,

Your future self, 2011


  1. I like the "Dear Role-playing Gamer Chick" for two reasons.

    Well, I love Role-playing Gamer Chicks and it sounds like "Dear Peripheral Reader Who the Mighty Market Forces chose to ignore."


  2. Rejection is part of a writer's journey; almost every successful writer have experienced this. We should never lose the inspiration and write on!

  3. True that, Shyxter! :) Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Thank for stopping by and sharing your encouraging words,also love this blog post. I needed it!

  5. Thank you, Debra. We can all use some encouragement at times. We can do it, it's only a matter of time.

  6. That's awesome!!! Ah, can I relate or what? My younger self book would have been rejected...because it wasn't done! :)

    We learn as we go! That's for sure!

  7. Nicole! Thanks for stopping by. I like your new design and I enjoy your videos. :)

  8. Lol I absolutely LOVE this! Great exercise and quite entertaining. Btw thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  9. Thanks Elizabeth! I enjoy picking up new blogs to peruse while at work. :)


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