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Dealing with Rejection: A Guide for UK Picture Book Submissions

Dealing with rejection is a common challenge for authors when submitting their picture books to UK publishers. Here is a guide on how to deal with rejection:

  1. Don't take it personally: Remember that rejection is a part of the process and that it doesn't reflect on your worth as a person or as an author. Publishers receive many submissions, and it's not always possible for them to accept every one.

  2. Learn from the feedback: If you receive feedback on your submission, take it constructively and use it to improve your work. Even if the publisher didn't accept your book, they may have provided valuable insights that can help you make your next submission more successful.

  3. Keep submitting: Don't let rejection discourage you from submitting your work again. Keep submitting your work to different publishers and agents, and don't give up on your dreams of getting published.

  4. Network: Join a writing group, attend events and conferences, and connect with other writers and illustrators. Networking can help you to learn more about the industry and make connections that can lead to publishing opportunities.

  5. Seek professional help: If you are having trouble dealing with rejection, consider seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor. They can help you to develop strategies for coping with rejection and build resilience.

  6. Keep writing: Keep writing and creating new work, it will help you to focus on the future and not on the past.

  7. Learn from others: Learn from successful authors and their experiences, they all had to face rejection before they made it.

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