Rejection

July 28, 2008

Every month at the Georgia Romance Writer’s Group meeting, we make time for member’s news.  It’s kinda fun to listen to people stand up and say that their book has been accepted by a publisher.  Or they just had the movie rights optioned for their series.  We all clap and get excited.  Funny, even the most published ladies in the group appreciate that applause.   

But, there is another time we clap.  Sometimes even louder.  It’s when an author-in-waiting stands up and says that they just got their first (third, fifteenth, whatever) rejection from a publisher on their novel.  Yes, we clap for rejection.  Loudly. 

Why?  Because it means that the author is doing something.  Finishing a manuscript. Putting themselves out there.  Taking a chance.  Every single published author in the room has had their share of rejection letters.  It’s a rite of passage.  And, it doesn’t always end with your first publication.  Even authors like Haywood Smith, the Red Hat Club novelist, who has written bunches of successful novels still gets them sometimes. 

None of us like rejection.  I know I don’t.  It’s probably why my three stories are all still unfinished and not yet rejected. 

Today, I got news of my editor/agent appointment time at an upcoming conference.  I get a one-on-one appointment with a major editor and a major agent to pitch my work.  It’s a good wake-up call.  Time to finish.  To risk rejection.  To take a chance. 

There are so many times in life we risk rejection.  Friendships carry that risk.  Family carries that risk.  Marriages carry that risk.  All relationships carry that risk.  But we still need to put ourselves out there.  Rejection has something to teach us.  Perseverence for one thing.  Where our own wounds lie for another. 

We’ve all been rejected at some point.  During our lifetime, we’ll probably experience it again.  What I’ve learned in my writer’s group is that rejection is to be expected and even embraced as a vital stepping stone in my journey. 

My manuscript may be rejected.  I’ll never know until I take that risk.  But, if I don’t finish it and try, I stay stuck in the journey.  

So, if I’m rejected.  There is a major consolation here.  I continue the journey in good company.  Even the best of us get rejected and denied from time to time….

Mark 14:72 

And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

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4 Responses to “Rejection”

  1. 2twentythree3 Says:

    Rejection is scary. We do all go through it at some point in our lives, your right…
    Nice post 🙂

  2. catelyn Says:

    Hi
    Thanks for the comment (I can’t see where to reply on my blog); I appreciate the advice, and support. 🙂
    I live in New Zealand, and work nights, so a real-life group is out, I think.
    As for genre .. I tilt between suspense and fantasy/sci fi.
    Thanks again!

  3. Susan Shay Says:

    Are you going to National? That’s wonderful! I haven’t been able to go in a couple of years but hope to make it next year.
    I hope you have a great time and ENJOY those one-on-one editor/agent meetings. Heck, at least if you’re NOT nervous, you’ll stand out in their minds as one of the few. 😉
    Have a great time.
    Susan

  4. dlkaufman Says:

    Susan: I’m not doing Nationals this year. Hopefully next. I’m doing Moonlight & Magnolias in Georgia this October, the absolute next best thing to Nationals!


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