Top Ten Reasons Why Your Novel is Getting Rejected

A guide to the real world (thanks Ellen Brock)

Ellen Brock


Why is your novel getting rejected? You’ve sent it off to dozens of agents and publishers and none of them have bit. What’s the deal?

I’m going to ignore some of the obvious problems (a terrible query letter, targeting the wrong agents, etc.) and focus solely on the manuscript itself and the problems that can cause it to go sailing into a publisher’s garbage bin or an agent’s trash folder.

The Top Ten Reasons Your Novel is Getting Rejected

(in no particular order)

1. Your Point of View is a Mess

Point of view is a big deal – if you do it wrong, it’s a pain to fix and can be extremely time consuming in the editing process, which makes errors in point of view a surefire way to land your novel in the rejection pile.

If you’re writing in first person, you’re probably doing things right, but if…

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First Page Friday #22: NA Fantasy

What a great idea

Ellen Brock

I just want to let everyone know that I’m uncertain whether I will be continuing with First Page Friday. I will definitely continue until I get through all the writers I’ve already scheduled (about two months worth), but I may retire First Page Friday in May. While I love doing the posts, I wanted them to be a way to reach out and help educate writers, but the view count on these posts is a small fraction of the views on my other blogs or on my videos. I’m just not sure this is the best way to reach writers.

If views, shares, comments, etc. pick up over the next couple months, I might consider continuing the series, but otherwise, I will go back to my standard, educational blog posts. Thanks for understanding!

About First Page Friday

First Page Friday is a blog series where I provide a free edit…

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Day 23: How To Stop Hating Your Manuscript

Strange Writer


Firstly, I’ve been on the precipice of another ‘I hate my book’ stage but managed to stop it in its tracks, with help.

I recently attended a seminar with the lovely Jodi Cleghorn, who spoke about critiquing and self-editing.  She’d written something about the ‘I hate my book’ stage that resonated deeply with me because I was right there about to plunge head first into it.  A light-bulb went off in my head and immediately I stopped hating my book.  I can only hope that this wisdom can save others.  It appears understanding the reason for it can effectively combat the emotion.

LOGIC is greater than EMOTION.


I can hear you all asking: ‘What did she say?  I don’t want to think my book sucks any more!’  I’d tweeted a portion of this quote and I love it so much I want to make a meme featuring it, but…

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