Sunday, September 5, 2010

It had to happen...

...I got my first rejection today. I was mostly-ok with it, which was a surprise to me considering how much I've been hyping myself up about it.

I thought I'd feel like a "real author", like it was a rite of passage or something. I was even patting myself on the back for the self-command as I pressed the delete button on the email and changed the status from "Queried" to "Rejected" on

Then I thought about writing tonight. I wasn't planning to work on more of my Imaginary Closet stories (one of which was the rejected submission), but I had a good run yesterday on my novel and wanted to give it another full writing session.

I was almost shocked to hear my internal voice moan softly, "What's the point? No one wants what I have to offer."

I'm not big on self-pity, but it's taking a lot of my concentration just trying to block out that voice.


  1. Getting rejection just means that you tried. But it can feel disheartening to be rejected. If you need to an evening off, give yourself permission. Just make sure you get back in there, cause you can't win if you don't play.

  2. Been here. Stay with it. Push through. The fact you queried means you risked. And you can risk again!
    ~ Wendy

  3. It's great that you sent it out. That's the biggest hurdle. For every rejection, send out two queries! :)