Reflections on rejection
This is going to be perhaps a more personal post than my usual offerings. But yet another rejection has that effect on most of us. Writing is such a very personal thing – or it is for me. My books have a lot of emotion in them. I expect a clever analyst could find out a lot about me from my writing. So when one gets yet another rejection… it hurts.
Oh, I know they’re not rejecting ME. My book hasn’t worked for them for whatever reason. But let me tell you, an impersonal, routine rejection of a query is much, much easier to bear than a rejection of a whole ms.
So I navel-gaze. And I reflect.
Is it my best work? Well, yes. I’m not saying it can’t be better, mind. It sure as hell isn’t a first draft. Or a second or third. My trusted beta-readers approved. Even Ms Agent said she liked the plot. And the fact that she allowed me to send the entire ms without even a query tells me she thinks I can write. Besides, I’ve had some excellent reviews on my published novel. So I don’t think I need to flay myself on my ability to tell a story. She just wasn’t sold on the story itself.
So do I change the story? I’ve already done that and I thought I did a good job. Refer back to beta-readers. If anything, they thought I’d streamlined a little too much, taken out some of the explanatory details. I can look at that.
And at the end of the day, one person has passed on the book. Others liked it. Plenty of people passed on famous books and authors. I’ve read whole lists of them. Here’s one list of rejections to warm the cockles of the heart.
So I guess I’m shrugging my shoulders and moving on. One day when I’m famous, I hope a few people out there in publishing are going to be kicking themselves.