I have a drawer full of copies of manuscripts and their associated rejection letters. I’ve seen lots of ideas about what to do with the letters but what about the manuscripts that remain unpublished? The options I’ve come up with are:
1. Toss them. With all the work that’s gone into them, that’s hard. Even when I know that for some, their main purpose was to improve my writing. I’ve just recently managed to let go of some rough drafts that were causing a paper jam in my file cabinet.
2. Make books for the kids. I did that with some of my early stories, giving them to my nieces and daughters as special Christmas gifts, complete with my incredibly bad artwork. At least they had an audience.
3. Put some examples on your website. A writer friend, Jody Kihara, decided to provide online access to two of her much laboured over manuscripts, after receiving positive responses from readers but no bites from agents or publishers. A brave choice!
Any other ideas? How long do you keep rejected manuscripts?