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Guest Post: “The 100 Rejections Strategy: An Almost Foolproof, Nearly Effortless, Slightly Masochistic Plan for Getting Yourself Published,” by James Ryan Daley


JRD1As someone with a decade of experience as both an editor and author, I’ve been asked about a thousand times what the “secret” is for getting published. While I don’t believe that there is any real secret, I happened to receive some great advice on the matter when I was just starting out as a writer myself, so I happily pass it along to anyone who asks. The advice comes from my college writing mentor, Kenny Cook (author of The Girl From Charnell, and about a thousand beautiful and heartbreaking short stories) and it basically goes like this: “Write well and collect 100 rejection letters every year.”

Now, it goes without saying that the first half of this advice is by far the more important (and difficult) piece to follow. That being said, “How to write well” is a bit too broad of a topic for a 500 word blog post, so right now I’m going to focus on the second part of the advice: collect 100 rejection letters every year. While not as critical to getting published as, you know, actually writing well, it has nonetheless proved quite valuable to me and to everyone I know who’s tried it.

Here’s the basic idea:

  1. You make it your goal to receive 100 rejection letters every year.
  2. You DO NOT set any kind of goal for how many stories (or books, or essays, or whatever you write) will actually get published.
  3. Every time you get a rejection letter, you check one off of your goal of 100.
  4. Every time you get something published, you immediately submit something new, so as to ensure that you don’t fall short of your 100 rejections.

This is a brilliant strategy for two reasons. First of all, it forces you to submit your work to lots and lots of potential publishers. One of the most difficult hurdles to overcome as a new writer is getting yourself out of the slush pile, and the best way to overcome that hurdle is to get yourself into as many slush piles as humanly possible. It’s simple math: the more distracted editorial assistants who read your story, the more likely it is that one of them will actually like it.

The second (and arguably more important) reason that this is such a brilliant strategy is that it takes all the pain out of getting rejected. Sure, those first few rejections are going to hurt no matter what, but by number twenty, they will hardly bother you at all. And by number 90

(I swear this is true) you’ll be so focused on reaching your goal that you will actually get excited when you receive a rejection. Why is it so important to take the pain out of rejection? Again, it really comes down to the math: the less discouraged you are by rejections, the more likely you are to continue submitting, and the more you submit, the more you will publish.

So if you happen to be a writer who is just starting to think about getting yourself published, I strongly encourage you to give the 100 Rejections Strategy a shot. While I can’t guarantee any results (after all, you still need to figure out how to write well), I can assure you that you will be no worse off for trying. After all, even if you don’t get a single publication, at least you will have eliminated the possibility that you’re just not trying hard enough.



 Title:  Jesus Jackson

Genre:  Young Adult Mystery
Author: James Ryan Daley
Publisher:  The Poisoned Pencil
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James Ryan Daley is a writer, editor, and digital designer. After earning an MFA in fiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004, James has spent most of the years since teaching writing to college students, creating websites about video games, and editing anthologies of fiction and political rhetoric. When he’s not glued to his computer, James can usually be found skiing the slopes of Vermont’s famous mountains or sailing the harbors of Rhode Island. He lives in Newport, RI with his wife and two daughters.





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Wings That SpreadTitle: Wings That Spread

Author: Ramesh Sangle

Publisher: PartridgeIndia

Pages: 202

Genre: Family/Relationship

Format: Ebook

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This is the story of two loving souls, Jessica, a Spanish village girl and Aniket, son of the Indian Ambassador to Spain, who first meet at a school competition. As they grow older, they fell in love with each other. But, circumstances forced them to move on with their separate lives and Aniket moves back to India. Tragedy strikes their lives individually and they both loose their loved ones. Can Jessica and Aniket ever be together? Can they be united despite the differences in culture, religion and nationality? Is the whole world just one big happy family?



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Interview with Juan Carlos Marcos, author of Warriors at the Helm

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 Warriors at the Helm
Author: Juan Carlos Marcos
Publisher: Elie Press
Pages: 174
Genre: Business
Format: Hardcopy/Ebook

In Warriors At The Helm: A Leader’s Guide To Success in Business, Juan Carlos Marcos shares his almost four decades of experience regarding people dynamics in the corporate World. Whether you’re just getting started in business, or you are a thirty-year warrior, nothing is as valuable to your growth, and in preparing you for success, as learning through trial and error. However, modern-day corporate America can be very unforgiving or impatient through your learning process. This book represents the next best thing to being there, which is learning from others’ experience. Juan provides the reader with a practical tool that offers valuable insights into the distinctive and real differences between effective leaders (those that people eagerly follow) and those who lack the self-awareness to understand that they may be barriers to progress versus a catalyst. To further add texture to his insights, Juan elicits and shares thoughts from veteran executives who share personal experiences and perspectives derived from years of trench warfare. In Warriors At The Helm you will learn about the traits that make Leaders and Individual Contributors successful in business and how to manage the Dumb Asses and Egomaniacs (AKA Barbarians) that roam the corporate landscape. The book will provide you with the awareness and knowledge of the life “on the inside” that will help you emulate and demonstrate the behaviors that will keep your career on a positive and productive track.

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Could you please tell us a little about your book?

“Warriors at the Helm” is about the good, bad and ugly of people in corporations. Specifically it:

  • Defines the traits and behaviors that make individuals and leaders successful (The Warriors)
  • Defines the traits and behaviors that make Dumb Asses and Egomaniacs (The Barbarians) so challenging to their colleagues
  • Provides career guidance for people interested in successfully navigating through complex organizations infested with Barbarians
  • Provides straightforward recommendations about how to seek mentors and have productive relationships with them
  • Provides recommendations about two dynamics of corporations (Communications or “Corporate Speak” and the potential “People” related perils of companies that grow too fast) that can be very challenging
  • Concludes with lessons I (Author: Juan Carlos Marcos) learned during almost four decades in business, about the things that work or don’t work for individuals in corporations

The book is complimented by stories and perspectives from 19 executives about their experiences in the trenches of Corporate America. Among these executives are Mike Andres, recently named President of McDonald’s USA, Brian Unger, Former Chief Operating Officer of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. and Dave Daniels, Principal, Double D Consulting and Former VP of Operations for Sport Clips Inc.

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

Over my 37 years in Corporate America, mostly in Human Resources, I personally experienced a significant number of painful experiences and also observed the painful experiences of hundreds of other colleagues. I was also very fortunate to, witness first hand, the traits that successful people demonstrate every day in the work place. Over the years I literally had thousands of discussions with colleagues and mentors about the lazy, duplicitous, mal-content, blame-oriented people that exist in most complex organizations. Often, these discussions would end with a suggestion that I should write a book about these “People” dynamics. Accordingly, when I retired I decide to write “Warriors at the Helm.”

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

The inspiration was to, in some way, help individual contributors and leaders to be better at how they conduct themselves in the work place. Specifically, I wanted to provide my insight and those of other colleagues as a way to help others to stay on the Warrior path. I was also inspired by trying to help others manage the challenging relationships with the Barbarians.

Who is your biggest supporter?

Without a doubt my wife of 37 years, Randi is my biggest supporter. Not only was she very supportive in my writing and getting the book published, but more important, she was supportive of me every single day of my 37 years in the corporate world. I have also been fortunate throughout my career to work with many Warriors who made my journey through Corporate America tolerable and successful.

What is the most important thing in your life right now?

My family is the most important thing in my life, especially my 6 month old granddaughter. Most people work very hard throughout their careers with little to show for it and many, wind up with broken families. I have been fortunate to reap the benefits of working that allowed me to retire at age 59 and blessed with a supportive family. It is also a lot of fun to get to be silly and have fun with a beautiful 6 month old.

Do you have any advice for writers or readers?

“Warriors at the Helm” being my first book, I would call it my perspective rather than           advice. First, to the writers, is to have thick skin. After being edited by family, colleagues and then professional editors and proof readers it can be easy to get discouraged. Second, don’t compromise what you believe is important to include in your book. You can’t be all things to all people. Listen to and evaluate the perspectives of people you respect, but be true to yourself. You are the author. The buck stops with you for better or worse.

To the readers, I encourage you to be reflective as you read the book and open minded about the traits of both the Warriors and the Barbarians. As important is to be brutally honest with yourself about what path you are on. Is it the Warrior or the Barbarian path? If it is the latter, what do you need to find your way to the Warrior’s path?

What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?

First, I wanted the content to be real and if at times that meant raw, so be it. There are too many business books or self-help books that are plain boring. Second, I thought it was important to include stories and perspectives from proven and successful leaders about their experiences. Some of these are also raw and to the point. In short, they are real. Finally, I tried to reinforce some points throughout the book and make them come to life by using well known historical events.

Juan Carlos Marcos was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1962. He spent almost four decades in leadership roles in human resources in the corporate world, including experience in multiple industries. Among the companies he worked at included Saint Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, in Madison Wisconsin, Graber Industries Inc., Boston Market and McDonald’s Corporation. Now retired and working as a consultant, he took the time to fulfill his dream of writing his first book. Juan holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin. Juan lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife Randi.