Thursday, August 9, 2007

Weird Writing Week

It’s been a strange week in my writing world. I got my two first personal rejections. They show I was close--that I was considered, but didn’t make the cut. I thought getting personal rejections would feel good, but it doesn’t. Instead of feeling like I write worthless drivel, I instead feel like I’m not good enough. Not quite the same thing.

One rejection was from my top choice agent. Part of me was disappointed, of course, but part of me was thrilled to have been discussed and considered. Wow. And she was nice enough to clue me in on what she thought my manuscripts were lacking; emotional payoff. It seems so clear now that I’ve been told. Too bad I didn’t realize it before I sent my submission in. It’s depressing and encouraging at the same time.

I wanted to send my picture books right back out there when my rejection came, but now I feel like I should revise and try to give the stories the emotional payoff they need. If I can do it right, just maybe I can snag myself an agent.

I also sent out my first ever adult magazine submission, and it was considered! Ultimately it was rejected because they’ve done stories on the subject in the past, but I was actually invited to send more. Another wow!

So, it's been the kind of rejection week I've often hoped for, but it doesn't feel as good as it sounds when you're only getting forms for some reason. I guess having ones hopes dashed never does feel good. I keep trying to keep the positives in mind. Now if I could just get my revisions done and get something out there I can start racking up some more rejections. Yippee!


  1. Well, as hard as it its to get those rejections, I still feel the need to congratulate you on them being personals. So emotional payoff. I guess that's supposed to be important. Is this one of the stories that we've critiqued?

    Keep sending those babies out. At least you're doing that. It's more than I can say. :)

  2. I don't know that anybody ever gets used to rejections. You have to have a thick skin in the writing business, as I know you already know. Somehow, we gotta keep reminding ourselves of that. Keep the faith!

  3. You've done so well, Heather! It's been so fun to keep updated on what's going on w/ your writing. I miss reading your work!