Dirty Little Secrets, Part One: Why No One Cares About Your Protagonist

Column by Susan DeFreitas
Many an agent has rejected a novel with the phrase, “I’m just not in love with this protagonist.”
Cartoon Rejection Rates at ‘The New Yorker’

Rejection? You Should be a Cartoonist at The New Yorker

News by Dean Fetzer July 3, 2013
Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor at The New Yorker spills the beans on how many cartoons fail to get picked every week at the magazine.
Hemingway's last word from beyond the grave

Hemingway Story Rejected by Vanity Fair Turns Tables - 90 Years Later

News by Dean Fetzer
Hemingway’s estate says ‘no’ to the magazine's request to publish a previously rejected story.

The 7 Cardinal Virtues of Successful Writers

Column by Robbie Blair June 19, 2013
This essay looks at seven cardinal virtues for writers, exploring the key strengths that help writers grow and succeed.
New Yorker Rejects Short Story They Already Published

New Yorker Rejects Its Own Previously Published Short Story

News by Dean Fetzer March 20, 2013
In an experiment to test the ‘slush’ pile of a number magazines, David Cameron submitted a short story previously published in the New Yorker — and it was universally rejected.

Notes from the Drunken Editor: How To Fail and Why You Should Keep Failing

Column by Phil Jourdan February 20, 2013
We like to forget or ignore our failures, and construct stories about ourselves that emphasize our victories. But it is failure that helps us learn, and embracing failure is a rare thing these days.

Ask The Agent: When Should You Stop Querying?

Column by Bree Ogden January 21, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect one of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: Rejections And Rude Agents... What To Do?

Column by Bree Ogden August 6, 2012
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.
Fake rejection letter website

Website Lets You Send Rejections To Yourself. But, Why?

News by Rob Hart April 20, 2012
A new website lets writers send rejections to themselves, to prepare for the inevitable sting. Valuable tool--or dumb piece of writing-related kitsch? Help us decide!