Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Kicking Writer Rejection to the Curb
I've been trying to finish up a draft of my next novel for my super-cool critique partner (Think Outlander for teens), I've been attending an online self-editing workshop hosted by the lovely executive editor Angela James at Carina Press (yes, Carina Press is really that wonderful to its authors), I've got another novel publishing this summer, and I was recently awarded lovely blog awards from writer friends Angelina Rain, Carol Oates, and Margo Kelly. Thanks again, ladies!!
And January 2011 is only half over!
The first two weeks of this year have given me pause, though. I remember a few years ago when I decided to bite the bullet and write full-time. Back then, I didn't have a blog, a web site, and I didn't know Twitter from MySpace. If you had told me about Goodreads, I might have thought it was a breakfast bar or a pair of slippers. Even more depressing, I was getting rejected left and right from agents, editors--hell, even the barista at my favorite coffee place couldn't get my coffee order right. But I kept writing, despite the odds. Despite the rejections. Despite the doubts that would creep into my brain and sometimes take it hostage. But then one happy day, it happened. I got my first real break.
Why am I boring you to tears with this? Because lately I've had a number of other writer friends dealing with agent rejections, proposal rejections, and creeping doubts about their skills. That pains me to my core because I know their stories, I know how freaking talented they are. My heart seriously breaks for them because I know the feeling. It totally sucks. It sucks lemons when you hear how great everyone else is doing and all you're getting is another form rejection in the mail.
So all I say today is this: Baby steps. Find a way. And don't forget that sometimes you have to kick in a window to get inside. That's okay. KICK IT! Kick it with everything you got. Everyone doesn't have to reach the goal line the same way.
Most of all, hang in there, friends. Believe in yourself and your stories. Don't. Give. Up.