From Writer to Writer: Lindsey Roth Culli

Meet Lindsey Roth Culli

Hello! I’m Lindsey and I write books for teens and people who used to be teens.

I earned my MFA in Creative Writing in 2010. Since then, I’ve been writing novels and teaching college students how to write… papers.

I’m represented by Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency.

Lindsey’s Take on Handling Rejection

If you’ve just been rejected by an agent, an editor or a lit magazine, then CONGRATULATIONS! That’s great news! Wait. What? Why?

I know it sounds weird but I think it’s great news because it means you are officially in the game.

If you’re getting rejections that means you’re actually submitting your work and that, friend, is half the battle.

Making your writing a priority so that you actually have something to submit and have rejected is further than many, many, many would-be novelists ever get.

Plus, rejection at every stage is just practice for the rejection yet to come. First, maybe you get rejected from lit magazines, then maybe agents. Even after all your toil and trouble finding your perfect agent match, you’re still going to get rejections from publishers.

But here’s the great thing: You’re in good company. You’d be hard pressed to find any writer who has not been on the receiving end of rejection. Stephen King, JK Rowling (need I remind you that the film adaptation of Deathly Hallows part 2 just made $1B at the box office?), Anne Frank (seriously), William Faulkner, George Orwell…. the list goes on. Point is, rejection happens to, quite literally, the best of us.

Sometimes rejection is totally subjective but sometimes, rejection may be warranted. Sometimes your manuscript is just not quite there yet—good but not great, likable but not loveable. And that’s okay! Hopefully, you’ll be able to read between the lines of the feedback you’re getting from your rejections to see what needs to be fixed/tweaked/redone.

The best way I know to move forward is to keep writing. Keep revising. If your current manuscript is getting you nothing but “no,” start a new one! Frankly, if you plan to be a career author, it’s good practice. The bonus is that some time and distance between you and your other manuscript will give you fresh perspective and some objectivity to help when you return.

Many people repeat that old adage that writing is a solitary art. To that I say poppy-cock! You need people on your team. Friends who’ll cheer you on when you need cheering, beta readers who’ll give you honest first impressions, crit partners who will tear your manuscript apart so you can rebuild it to be stronger or who can help you brainstorm and work through plot holes. You’ve simply got to find some people to be your teammates and once you’ve got them, don’t let them go! (And if you need advice on where to look—I can help there, too.)

So my final snippet of advice is simple—rub some dirt on it and get back in the game, because you most definitely are in the game.

Connect With Lindsey

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From Writer to Writer: Ken Armstrong of Writing Stuff

Meet Ken Armstrong

I write plays mostly. Theatre plays, radio plays and some film stuff too. Also stories. And there’s this one novel that…oh, never mind.

Ken’s Advice for Handling Rejection

Firstly – hurt. You’re allowed to hurt so don’t fight it, it’s only natural. It’s a rejection, it’s not supposed to make you waltz around the kitchen.

Now, collect yourself. You haven’t read the thing in a while because it’s been out getting rejected. Read it now, cold. Is it as good as you thought it was when you sent it out? No, of course it isn’t. Fix that.

Did you get some reasons for the rejection? 90% of the reasons will be pure bullshit, obviously, but find the 10% of truth and work on that too.

Shine the thing up and, if you still think it’s any good, send it out again to some other poor sod.

Then, most importantly, while it’s out getting rejected again, write the next big thing so you’re not preternaturally focused on this one thing that keeps getting rejected.

The next thing you write will be much better than the ‘reject’. You have my word on that.

Connect With Ken

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