- Your book doesn’t fit the publisher’s list one year from now.
- A similar article was published four months ago.
- The editor is angry at their assistant/spouse/mother/child….
- The editor is overwhelmed with unsolicited manuscripts.
- Your style doesn’t fit the publication’s criteria.
- The editor knows his competition has just bought a similar article or book.
- You failed to convince the editor of your promotional skills.
- The editor liked your idea but not your query letter.
Whatever the reason, if you write reasonably well, rejection of your work means, for that single instant in time, the ‘fit’ isn’t there and it is only ONE person’s opinion. Think of rejection this way: a server in a restaurant offers you coffee after dinner. You decline. The server is not rejected, you simply prefer tea.