The Hurdles Of Rejection

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“When a writer tells me they give up, or when they fatalistically declare they will never be published, I begin to understand how little people know about how publishing often works. One of the reasons I started the Q & A feature was to pull back that editorial curtain.

The weird mystery within which the publication process is often veiled does writers far more harm than good. That said, while I cannot claim to have all the answers I do know that if you’re not willing to persist in the face of rejection, the writing life is probably not the best option for you.”

At HTMLGIANT, Roxane Gay, editor of PANK magazine, discusses the challenges of getting your work published.


Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →