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Rejection can be harsh

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

This was also written a few years ago but it still expresses my thoughts.

I'm working on a three book fantasy series. My sister actually came up with the idea a year ago. She sent me an email with the first sentence starting with 'Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . .'

She outlined -briefly- her ideas to me. I printed the letter and studied it for a few days. I realised that there was a lot I could work with it but a lot of it I couldn't. I asked her what her plan was for this book. She told me 'You're the boss, I'm the helper. We'll work it together but ultimately, it's your story.' Well, okay then.

All we did was speak of it. I was afraid of starting it and ruining her ideas. But finally, I started. The first two versions, she didn't like too much. The third, she adored. I worked it through and many of our original ideas changed. Then we reread it so many times I thought my eyes would bleed. Seriously, editing sucks lol.

I immediately began part two of the series. Meanwhile, I slowly started looking for a Publisher. I think that's the hardest part. I found one who seemed perfect for my book. I sent a query and a synopsis. They sent back a reply; they wanted the first five chapters. Woohoo! But...They wrote back and said that although they enjoyed my style of writing, my book wasn't Dark and Dangerous enough for them. They ended the email saying that they hoped to do business with me if I ever wrote something that fit in their genre. Now that was an encouraging rejection.

Then, recently, I got my second rejection. Not as pretty as the first. They said that 'frankly they found my plot uninteresting and were only looking for High Quality writing.' Okay then.

Now, I have two drastically different opinions of the same five chapters. Were they both telling the truth? Was the first trying to sugar coat the refusal? Because if that was the case, it sucks! I mean, my much PREFER the 'niceties' of the 1st but only if they are telling the truth? Were they? I don't know.

I'm presently waiting for the reply to a 3rd publisher before sending more out. I've read many times that rejections can be harsh. Yup, I got that. I also read that if you believe -truly believe- in your story, someone will pick up on it. Also, if you get told 10 times that your plot sucks, don't keep charging, pull back and do something about it. Maybe your story really does need tweeking. So, here I am with my thoughts. Wondering if the next Publisher will be the 'One' and what they will say if they reject my story also.

You shouldn't take rejection personally, I also read. But how can you not? You pour your heart and soul in those books. You give up a part of yourself. How can you not take it personally?

So, here's to hoping the next Publisher will be the right one. Because if I have to reread my whole 1st book again, my eyes my start bleeding and I'll end up needing a transfusion.

I just don't have time for that :)

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