Posted by: Author | May 27, 2012

Came Across this Quote and Wanted to Share

This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address. — Barbara Kingsolver

Isn’t that a super way to look at a rejection letter? Check out her website, too.

And sadly, because you know how my brain works, this song is now in my head.



  1. Hmmm. Maybe it’s early and my first cup of coffee is still brewing, but while that’s a cool way to phrase things, it still stings as a rejection letter. 🙂
    I’m also hoping she gave/gives some concrete reasons why editor moved and left no forwarding address. lol I’ll take a look at her website later. If you’re telling us about it, it’s got to be interesting. Thanks!
    Now to go have my cuppa and find out what’s happening in the world this morning. You east coasters get up way too early. lol

    • Yeah. You’re reading this too early, my friend. Lol. She means to look at a rejection letter as a letter that didn’t get to the right place. That the address was not the address where the right editor (the one who will like your work) is. And yeah, it’s still a rejection that the reader would be getting but it’s encouraging the writer to keep trying to find the RIGHT address for the right editor.

  2. And we’re not up early! Lol. I wrote this like two days ago to post today. Lol

    • True. It is encouragement. As someone who’s gotten a few of those “not right for our house” letters that have begun to feel like form rejections, they might be coloring my opinion a tad. lol
      Now back to my coffee and reading as I wait for the grandchildren I’m babysitting to wake up and energize my day. 🙂 Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

      • I’ve gotten those too, Ugh! Happy Memorial Day eve! Have fun with the grands!

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