Rejection

What Do Publishers Want?

Jumping Through Hoops By Ross Howell Recently my mother-in-law’s neighbor phoned me after he learned that I had studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He had completed a first novel, had gotten a response from an agent, and wanted to know what to do next. “There seem to be so many hoops to jump through,” [...]

Paul Harding Video Part 1

Paul Harding Video Part 1

In this interview conducted at his alma mater, the Pulitzer, PEN/Robert Bingham, and Guggenheim fellowship winner discusses the debut novel that put him on the map. Tinkers was famously rejected by major houses before being published by tiny Bellevue Literary Press. 

What’s the Best Way to Handle Rejection?

    MARVIN BELL — Handle it?! Don’t handle it! Subsume it. Write a lot, send out a lot, realize that editorial decisions are not personal, understand that editors are in the business of rejecting submissions and only rarely accepting something, and understand, too, that acceptance doesn’t mean what you think it means. If you [...]

Intro: A Word From the Editors

Intro: A Word From the Editors

As I write this, the release of We Wanted to be Writers is six months off, scheduled for August, 2011. We’re also just a few days away from a reading from the book at the annual meeting of the AWP in Washington, DC. That meeting takes place on February 3, at 10:30 am in the [...]