What Can I Say That Hasn’t Been Said?
It doesn’t take long in the writing business to see what a tsunami of good writers are out there, every one hoping for the same submission approval and/or agent acceptance as I am.
With equal size and volume are the rejections.
“Thank you for submitting, … ” is the usual opening line of a rejection notice. I see those first four words before I even click open the email. The fifth word is inevitably “however.”
I know what will follow. I know how I’m going to feel.
The key is what happens next?
Dealing With the Aftermath.
The first time I heard her advice, I knew it would work for me.
Kristina McBride, author of books for teens with her fourth book The Bakersville Dozen recently out in August 2017, showed her workshop session a stack of papers, about three inches thick. All held together by a very big, heavy paperclip.
What were they? The rejection slips for her first novel.
It looked like at least a hundred rejection notices to me.
And what did she do when each one arrived in her mail? She let herself wallow in self pity.
Within a restricted time limit.
After a day or two of “woe is me,” she went back at it again and again and again.
Feel Bad. Then Move On.
When my work gets turned down, I feel awful. I make up reasons why “they’ didn’t accept it. I argue with myself as to why I keep writing.
I move through the rest of the day knowing how subjective the writing world is and allowing myself to feel bad about being rejected by it.
I take it personally. But only for so long.
No later than a day afterward, I am searching through my list of submission sites and agents. I am sending my stories out again.
If I didn’t, how else will someone have the opportunity of accepting my work?
A Side Bar to Rejection.
I don’t always maintain a steady flow of submitting the same story or manuscript, mindless of the rejections.
After a certain number of “thank you but no thank you,” I pause and reevaluate my novel or short story. Maybe I do need to improve something within the text.
Once I am satisfied with how the story or manuscript sounds and feels, I send it out to more people.
One of my submissions will receive an acceptance.
One of these days, I will be riding the tsunami.
“When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.” ~Kelly Cutrone. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You.