Why Your Manuscript Was Rejected

Turtle Writer

I don’t want anyone who doesn’t want me.

– Oprah Winfrey

Regardless of what you’re writing, a lot of hard work goes into putting together a manuscript. A thousand paper cuts, dead ends, and licked envelopes later, you’re hoping that an agent or editor is going to pick up your piece out of the slush pile, read the words you slaved over, and immediately sign you. Days, weeks, and months go by—normal, considering the rate at which manuscripts are read in any house—and you either hear nothing or receive a response that was not what you wanted.

Why was your work rejected? Though I don’t know for sure in each specific case, here are some common reasons other manuscripts haven’t made it.

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