I am alive. Despite the lack of recent activity on this blog. Sometimes there simply are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all of my objectives.
Let me catch you up. Remember The Call? Well this week I got The Email, which dashed the hope I'd allowed to seep in. Of course all rejections are a bit deflating and at least for me rejections on the complete manuscript are even more so. You have no excuse to fall back on ... Well it was just a query letter If they read my actual writing, or, It was just a partial, if only they would have read a bit more. But when they request and read the entire thing ... There is no way to explain it away. The novel simply did not work well enough for that person and that particular day. Sure it hurts to hear no, but after that initial punch in the gut you have to sit back and say why.
Now I'm lucky, this particular agent went out of her way to tell me why. She gave me some really insightful comments that I can use not only to correct this MS but also to improve my writing on down the road. She also ended by saying she would like to read any future projects I might have.
Rejection is a way of life for writers, at least those who strive for publication.
Some people react by doing this.
I am not one of those people. Strangely after the initial jolt of disappointment, my determination kicks in. I start analyzing the comments. Try to figure out how to improve the piece,or decide if it is worth revising. Sometimes you have to move on and concentrate on the next idea. Take what you learn and use it to your advantage. That is where I'm at right now. I'll continue this post tomorrow and I'm even going to solicit a bit of advice from all of y'all.
I know this post isn't the most exiting or even humorous, but I wanted to get something out there. To let those who know me and have offered words of encouragement this week that I am not hanging my head in defeat or off int he corner licking my wounds. No, I am deep in contemplation and forming a new battle plan. My motivation level has never been higher. Rejections aren't signs of failure but merely indications you are out there trying.