How to Stay Resilient When Facing Rejection

As an editor, one of the blasts that I have is the opportunity to meet some really awesome people. Not always writers, but sometimes artists and internet innovators. I want to say something here: Two Drops of Ink is an innovator much like, as you will see.

I’ve told our readers that one of my deepest philosophies about the publishing industry –more like a deep belief—is that most editors are subjective all the while claiming to be objective. I’ve experienced this myself; I’ve seen this with my own eyes, as someone who’s worked in publishing for close to a decade, editors will miss goldmines in the deep caverns of their submission files—unknown masterpieces—because they are in too much of a hurry, or, quite simply, they read two sentences and make a SUBJECTIVE decision to toss to the side what turns out to be someone else’s New York Times Best Seller.

I was approached by InKitt CEO and Founder, Ali Albazaz, to do a post on our site about the publishing industry and the rejection process. I very quickly learned that we had similar experiences and held many of the same beliefs and observations about the myriad of talented writers who are overlooked by overly subjective editors. Their site is well worth visiting; it is informative and filled with opportunities for writers at every level. Enjoy!

Scott Biddulph/Editor-in-Chief

By Patricia Doma, Head of Communications at Inkitt

The publishing industry has been known to both blossom and wilt the careers of many.

Can you imagine a world without Dumbledore memes or the haunting story behind Carrie? Of course not, they’re part of the world’s classics now and few people know of the struggles and diligent persistence that went into finally sharing these masterpieces with the public.

But why was Harry Potter rejected by 13 publishers, Twilight by 14 and Carrie by Stephen King refused by 30 publishers, you might ask? Because, unfortunately, the publishing industry is more inclined to rely on the subjective and emotional opinions of their decision makers, than to base them on true merit.

It raises the question of how many talented writers never got the chance to see their books on the New York Times Best Sellers and how many literary gems are out there waiting to be unearthed.

More and more authors are turning to alternate routes to publication and are getting their starts online. E.L. James’ ‘50 Shades’ was originally fan fiction. ‘The Martian’ started as an online serial on Andy Weir’s website. The world of online writing has made this possible.

With the newest technology and their mission to bring innovation and possibilities into the publishing world, there’s a company out there bringing justice to talented writers and giving everyone an equal chance at being published.

Ali Albazaz, Founder, and CEO of Inkitt

Ali founded Inkitt in 2013, in the hopes to making the publishing industry fair and objective by giving all writers a fair chance to succeed. With a unique algorithm that has the ability to analyze reading pattern data and engagement levels, Inkitt makes objective and data-driven decisions regarding a novel’s potential to become a bestseller.

Little do most people know, however, embarking on the quest of helping others by creating a platform from scratch had its fair share of obstacles.

After coming up with the business model, personally designing the website, and developing the app for it, when the fundraising phase began, Ali was faced with 150 in-person rejections from investors in a 14-month period. Therefore, he embarked on this journey to give every author who has written something great that resonates with readers a fair chance to succeed, and not just the subjective opinion of an editor.

The powerful parallel that is drawn is Ali’s personal and professional struggle to build a platform that’s meant to change the lives of many writers, help them to overcome the obstacles that millions of authors face repeatedly, and on a daily basis. This is what gives Inkitt its foundation.

When people are introduced to any kind of success story, more often than not, the question of how they got there eludes people’s interest.

Truth is, unless you’re blessed with all the luck in the world, chances are that you’ve gone through at least one rejection in one shape or form. Whether it’s a novel, a pitch for a campaign at work or just a weekend trip you planned for your family – being shut down can be disheartening, especially if it’s something you’ve poured your heart, soul and time into.

Whatever you do, don’t get discouraged, keep writing, keep sharing your work and believing in your dream. As a writer, you’re not the right person to be judging your work and neither is the publishing industry – leave the decision-making to your readers. After all, they’re the ones you wrote your book for.

Author’s bio and information about InKitt


Patricia Doma, Head of Communications at Inkitt

InKitt website

Ali Albazaz


InKitt CEO 

Article by Ali on Digital Book World

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  1. Much of my professional life was in the field of delivering data-driven decision making software, so I am well versed in the possibilities. I enjoyed reading abut how InKitt is using the technology. It looks as if the novel I am writing could be a candidate for submission once I have finished inking it.

  2. I am so glad to read that someone is being innovative when it comes to publishing! It has always seemed to me there must be a better way. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Michelle! It’s all about removing subjectivity from the publishing process and putting the power in readers’ hands, thus giving all talented authors a fair chance to succeed.

    • Thank you for your lovely words! I’m really happy and inspired to see all the positivity this post has generated. Wishing you all the best!

  3. Patricia, I appreciate the insight and value of not being discouraged. One must continue the pace forward and persistence when obstacles get in the way. Thank you for your contribution. I hope to see more encouragement from you. You can never get enough of it. John.

    • Thank you John, I really appreciate your comment. I heard this quote the other day: “A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success”. Wonderful words to live by in my opinion.

  4. Patricia – Thank you for this post. Your approach to publishing, while utterly logical, is nothing short of revolutionary! Grace and Blessings – Barbara Drewry

    • Dear Barbara, thank you for your kind words. Bridging the gap between traditional and digital, while retaining core values of the industry has never felt more innovative. Best wishes!

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