Going through My Grandpa's Letters, which are filled with information about books and writing, I found this one to Paula L.Silici. Here is a small excerpt about rejection, something he was all too familiar with as a writer.
"I am so thankful that your magazine told me about Book TV on what here is channel 99 in this area and is on on weekends. I watch it all of the time. The man who did an biography of President Reagon said that what is needed is a rejection of a rejection slip. How about this:
“Thank you for your rejection slip. I have reviewed it carefully and am sorry to say that it is not for me. But I do wish you luck in placing it elsewhere.”
I never realized until after reading Grandpa's Letters just how much in common we had when it comes to writing. Dealing with the ups and downs inherent in this business. Including being rejected, which is never fun, but there's no point in dwelling on it. Grandpa never dwelled on rejection and was ready to ship out his manuscript to the next publisher when one was returned.
I will post more from My Grandpa's Letters as the subject sees fit. You can read more about him at http://carlwillmott.blogspot.com or on my blog (link below) and buy his book THE LAST GREAT CHIEF on Kindle (link on blogs).