I’ve seen an odd trend on social media this week.
I see people posting their rejection letters. The writers blur out the name of the agent and or publisher, but post the rest.
I’m here to let you all know posting these is unprofessional. I spoke with seasoned agents, writers, and editors and they all agree: don’t do it.
Those posting appear to not be able to differentiate between form letters and personal rejections. They make comments about the rejections. They announce every time they receive a request.
Sharing this information is not in the best interest of your career. The emails are part of a conversation between you and an agent. People will read it and recognize the rejection (if they received the same note) and know who sent it.
I know publishing is hard. We as writers are rejected often. I understand looking for community and support from fellow writers, but this is not the way to do it. Think about what you’re putting out there.
Save the word count from those posts for your manuscript. If you are still compelled to share on social media, I suggest making it generic, say you received a rejection, and let the support come to you. I believe in the long run you’ll be happy you kept the details off social media.
This on-line database provides lots of feedback in an appropriate manner.
Good luck! Keep writing! I hope you find your author agent match.