Are You Repeatedly Getting Your Book Rejected?

Geri Spieler
Writers’ Blokke
Published in
4 min readMar 5, 2022

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Ask Yourself These Five Questions

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As a writer, I have had my share of rejections. It goes with the territory. Hopefully, it doesn’t defeat you and you continue to get out there with your work and keep submitting potential freelance clients, publishing houses, agents, and contests.

Of course, we all want to be published, in some form or other. We want that stamp of approval that says our work is worthwhile. The danger comes when only being published is the mark of a good writer.

Nothing is further from the truth. Publishing, in any form, is nice, but not the only measure of success. And, as you should know, is very subjective.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” –Ernest Hemingway

I have a real-world personal story: When I wrote my first book, Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford, it took me at least six months to land an agent. It took her a year to find a publisher.

Think about it: I had rejection after rejection for at least six months. No one wanted my book until I found an agent who represented non-fiction. She went to the mat for me and wouldn’t quit until she landed two publishers and asked me to pick one.

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Geri Spieler
Writers’ Blokke

Award-winning writer, master researcher, journalist, former Gartner analyst, non-fiction author. Reach me at gspieler@gmail.com