Rejection Is Still Hard Sometimes

I have cultivated an extremely thick skin for rejection after years in sales and cartooning, but I got a rejection letter today that, for some reason, really cut me to the quick.


Here’s the bad part:


I’m OK with the standard form letter, but the fact that they took the time to beg me in handwriting to please stop sending them my submissions hurt more than I’m used to.

Greeting cards have been a good extra stream of revenue for me in the past year or so, and I thought Recycled might be a good fit.

Guess not…

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16 thoughts on “Rejection Is Still Hard Sometimes”

  1. If it's any consolation, I've received the same rejection. At least twice (I'd wait a year and resubmit.) Clearly they have an aversion to cartoonists named Mark.

  2. Don't waste your time with them, they pay lousy after a loooong test phase and take their own sweet time to return samples. Phooey on them says I!

  3. Hey Mark,
    I'm the author of that rejection letter. You failed to mention that you have been sending our company your cartoons for years. I've sent you many previous letters asking you not send anymore designs in a "nice way". I said that I didn't think your cards were a good fit for our company. It seemed as though nothing was getting through. I actually figured we were on a distribution list of yours and they were always going to keep coming. Sorry that it had to be so harsh.

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