What would you do if you got an offer of publication, but it was for the shittiest thing that you've ever written, you only submitted it because your friend made you, but they turned down all your good stuff so its either this or nothing?
As an editor, I’d probably point out that if “shittiest thing you’ve ever written” is getting published over your other stuff, then perhaps it is not as shitty as you think it is, and the publisher can see some merit to the idea that your other work is lacking.
Most books are not taken as are, they will be reworked, reworded and sometimes entirely reconstructed to make it into something More. Which isn’t to say that it wasn’t already good, only that it needed some tweaking to make it not only workable but Good. Like, this could be Huge, Good.
Also, what is so different about it that you don’t like it compared to your other work? Is it no the genre you imagined yourself writing for? What don’t you personally like about it that you consider it lesser. Are you harboring outdated ideas about genre validity or measuring your worth in comparison to writers you enjoy?
Like, I get maybe you’re meaning it in terms of “I word vomited this thing out in a week, but the novel I worked on for a year is being rejected, what the fuck is wrong with the publishing industry” but honestly I have seen SO many authors making claims that they are “only” writing Romance until their “real work” gets picked up and like…that’s so sad because that *is* real work? It is a *real* novel? Idk.
And hilariously, I’ve submitted what I thought were really great ideas to places before, only to have them shot down in favor of the batshit insanity I cook up at 3am while on tumblr, so, y’know, sometimes you gotta go where the universe wants to take you I guess.