Good Monday morning! Hope all is well with you and hope my northeastern friends are warm and safe. We received a little dusting of snow here in my part of Georgia Saturday morning, but by lunch it was all gone. But it was nice to watch the flakes float down from the sky. Snow falling always soothes me and sets me for a great mood, but since I’m fighting a cold, I didn’t go outside to catch a snowflake, I stayed by the fire.
Now to my post, well, as most of you know I submitted my book Tuscany to Harlequin. After a wait, which I thought would be worse on my nerves, but for some reason wasn’t, I received a response. Of course it’s not the one I wanted, but as a writer, it’s part of the process.
Yes, they sent one of their really nice rejection letters. Of course I could’ve sat down and cried, gave up on writing or just shredded the manuscript, never to let it see the light of day again. But that’s not the way I do things. I saw it as encouragement, not discouragement. Why? Well, let me enlighten you.
The letter gave me some things that they thought I should change and some great advice on picking the particular genre of theirs that I submit to. To me, this was a great letter, not a devastating blow, as some writers say. It encouraged me to step up the game on Tuscany and delve into some deep edits. Of course some of the things they mentioned aren’t drastic changes, just some twists to the story, which I really like.
You might be saying, ‘she can’t be taking this that well’, but I’m a writer, this happens and I still have the fact that Tuscany made it to the top 55 of the contest with Harlequin, so I know it has possibilities. In my opinion, this is like getting a critique from some of the best editors in the business. So what some think of as a loss, I find interesting and plan to do what they said.
So, have you received a rejection letter before? How did you deal with it? Did you make the changes and resubmit?
As always, good writing and May God Bless You…
4 thoughts on “Encouraged, not discouraged…”
You are very brave, Steph, and don’t forget some of the greatest authors out there have gone through the same hundreds of times. I for one never submitted a manuscript, but I just might now that I you give me some strength to work with 🙂
I figure it’s just part of the process. At least I received a response. Several told me they never heard back, so I guess that’s something. My advice is just go for it. That’s what I did, I held my breath and pushed the button 😉
Publishing is a tough business; it always has been. Years ago, my author friends and I used to joke about “papering our walls” with our rejection letters. Making it to the Top 55 and not receiving a “form rejection letter” back is extremely encouraging. The important thing is that you tried, and you won’t give up. Good for you! 🙂
Thanks Linda! When I submitted I knew I had a 50/50 chance. But with the great critique I received, Tuscany will be submitted again at a later date 😉