Rejection is Never Fun
It’s never fun to receive a rejection letter, but it’s part of the process, like death and taxes.
You can profit from rejection by turning it into a form of research. What kind of feedback did you get? If you didn’t receive written comments, call the editor and ask what could have made your submission more appealing. Record all this information on your journal profile – it’s excellent intelligence for the next time you query or submit a manuscript to that journal.
Sometimes rejections arrive with advice on improving your approach or suggestions for other journals. Compare the suggestions with your list of journals, and re-send your materials to the next one on your list.
Note: Be sure to edit your correspondence to reflect the new addressee, and make sure your manuscript conforms to the author guidelines for the new journal!
Review and print this checklist for next-steps following rejection.
Every author is going to get rejected with 90 to 95% rejection rates for journals. Use the comments given for the rejection to improve the paper, and send it to another journal.
-- Elizabeth Cooperman, peer reviewer and author