Why was my manuscript rejected?

Opening your first rejection letter is a shattering, life-sapping experience. Same again for your second. And your third. And so on.

Tough though it is: if you aspire to be an author, rejected manuscripts are a fact of life.

The glib response could be: you’re in great company. Fear not, famous authors had their fair share of knock backs. JK Rowling was turned down by 12 publishers before receiving an advance of £1500 from Bloomsbury. Agatha Christie endured 5 years of ‘thanks but no thanks’. Beatrix Potter had such a poor reception for her Peter Rabbit series she decided to self publish 250 copies.