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A few weeks ago, I got my very first rejection from a publisher.
And I was thrilled.
I’m finally in the club! Every legitimate writer has been rejected—and now, so have I!
The rejection was initially complimentary, and noted a couple of things I had been trying to do with the manuscript were working. What I took from this was that I am capable of writing well enough to be published; this just wasn’t the right story for this editor’s list. I have written this type of response from the other side of the desk, and I respect it. Sometimes there is something intriguing, but it’s just not enough to go all the way.
The reason to pass was not a surprise, and I was grateful that it was a critique I could see and understand. As much as I wanted to send out something absolutely perfect, my agent and I had agreed that the manuscript does have a shot, and I’d gotten it as far as I was going to get it at this stage, for a variety of reasons. It was time to see whether anyone was going to fall in love with it.
Thus far, two editors have not, and I am surprisingly okay with it. It’s easy to say whatever will happen will happen, but it’s a lot harder to legitimately feel that way when things don’t turn out as you’d hoped.
I attribute this to a couple of things:
Now, I hope, it’s not too far fetched that sooner or later I’ll make my way into another, more coveted club. There’s a whole lot of hard work between here and there, but it’s work I’m more excited than ever to do.
Congrats to you! I think receiving something better than a form letter, or worse yet, crickets chirping a chorus is an incredible encouragement! And yes, your maturity level does show as a writer because you aren’t huffing and puffing and calling out the demons in the ivory tower (I’ve read a few of those rants!). So yes, congrats. And also good luck on your next project! Another sign that you are on your way…not sitting on your idle fingers and fretting about, but actually working hard in your craft. Go get ’em Writer Girl!!!!
Thank you! And thanks for reading!