Thanks to Maggie for tweeting a link to the agent Piers Blofeld talking so helpfully on the five types of rejection (for authors, that is, not in love or life generally!). That’s at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leHTWbBces4&feature=youtu.be. Well worth six minutes of a would-be published author’s time.
He also speaks of the need for harsh feedback on one’s work. Quoting an unnamed author, he advises, “Never seek feedback from someone you’d be prepared to lend money to.” I’m not sure I’ve worked that out yet.
(Incidentally, and at the risk of causing embarrassment, I’ll add that Maggie’s tweets on writing and the frustrations and satisfactions thereof themselves always repay study. https://twitter.com/maggiedavieswr1 )
Tanya van Hasselt said:
Can anyone watch Piers Blofeld speaking about rejection without longing for him to become their agent? Having just watched several of his five minute talks I know I can’t. It’s that winning mixture of directness, decisiveness and kindness …
Maggie Davies said:
Thanks for putting this link on the blog, Ed. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never quite mastered how to do that…
Rejection is the huge bugbear in any writer’s life. Getting tips on how to cope with it, and learn valuable lessons, is priceless.