5 Steps for Surviving a Revise and Resubmit

R & Rs are both exciting and frustrating. You get a do-over, but there are still no guarantees. Still, I think this post gives you good advice on how to turn the beast into your best friend.

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Orly Konig-Lopez

Querying authors know the feeling: Your email pings with an incoming message. It’s from one of the agents who requested your manuscript. Your heart beats in your ears, you close one eye, tilt your head to a 35 degree angle and squint at the words. Maybe this is “the one.”

“Thank you for sharing, blah blah. I liked blah blah. But … ”

You groan. It’s a rejection.

You keep reading anyway. This is where the “but” gets interesting. There are notes. Detailed notes. And a request to resubmit after you’ve made the revisions. Whoa!!!!!!!

Once you’re done with the “it’s not a no” dance (and get an ice pack for the muscle you pulled – not that I’m speaking from experience on this), you sit down to pound out those revisions.

Wait! Back away from the keyboard. Seriously. Hands up. Scootch back. This is not the…

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2 Responses to 5 Steps for Surviving a Revise and Resubmit

  1. Jenna Jaxon says:

    That is an excellent observation, Trish. Because if you revise only for one agent’s specifications, you’ll have to revise yet again if you get rejected.on the R & R. Write smarter, not harder. 🙂


  2. I think some of the best advice in the article is to go over all the feedback you’ve gotten for the manuscript. Not simply one rejection. Looking for similarities will give you the best idea of where to make changes that matter, versus making the book into something you can only submit to one agent.


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