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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 25SUBMIT STRONG

“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

This year, my friend and fellow author Julia Park Tracey proclaimed she no longer would use the words submit and accepted in regard to seeking publication for her work, because they spoke the language of her old self-judgments and made her feel bad. Instead she says, “I put forth my work for publication, and it is either received or not.”

These subtle semantics may seem like no big deal, even silly, but think ...

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