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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Author Mary Corrales talks about turning your rejections into training today on #RB4U @MaryCorrales_A1

Rejections aren't Torture, They're Training
Okay, so maybe we bleed a little when a publisher sends back a form rejection with no comments, but we survive. As writers, what else can we do but move forward? How many times can you rewrite a story before calling it quits on that project and moving on?
As many times as it takes.
Yes, you heard right. You must rewrite, as many times as it takes because you are a writer, and if you believe in this story then you can't give up. I personally have submitted a book six times with one or two revisions in between, before it found a home. More about that later. So, what do I mean when I say that rejections are training?
Simple. Rejections make you a better writer. They train you to see the story differently. Even without comments from a publisher, you develop a more critical eye in realizing that someone found your book lacking. Sometimes, it's just the editor, but other times it's that you can do better.
I know that in my latest book, Bet Your Sweet Aces, I didn't get it published until I opened myself up and let the characters feel the way they were trying to feel. I write mostly erotica, but Eve and Brad fell in love. The type of love that is slow burning and true. The type that, frankly, scares the hell out of me.
Anyway, these characters eventually got their way when Evernight Publishing wanted the story, but wanted more intimacy between the characters. The "yes" from Evernight pushed me to open up and allow the book to be what it should have been all along…an erotic romance with two characters who are blessed with true love.
Next time you get a rejection, don't despair. Put your fingers to the keyboard with a critical eye. Can you make the story better? Bestselling authors didn't happen overnight. They trained; they revised and edited with big dreams to keep them typing.
You deserve the success of a bestseller as well.
Happy writing,
Mary Corrales

Mary Corrales is a multi-published erotica/erotic romance author who writes in several different genre's including contemporary suspense, paranormal, and fantasy. Check out her website at or follow her on twitter at MaryCorrales_A1.

Bet Your Sweet Aces by Mary Corrales: Eve's naughty ways may have just landed her the perfect man, if she can convince him to fight for her. What's a woman to do when her heart is on the line, except stack the deck in her favor!


Melissa Keir said...

I wish more children understood it! We must learn from our mistakes. We must continue to keep trying and get better. Life isn't easy and not everyone wins... but the ones who try do reach their dreams.

Mary Corrales said...

I completely agree, Melissa. There is an amazing sense of accomplishment that comes from something you have to work for versus something handed to you. We can only hope the lesson isn't learned the hard way.

Thanks for commenting. :)

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