Rejections. Ugh! No one likes them. They are hard, they make you second guess your abilities, and they leave you with a question. Do I quit or do I keep on going?
My first rejection came at a very bad time. It couldn’t have been any worse if I had penned it into one of my novels.
My mother had died the day before in a tragic car accident. I stood in my kitchen when my husband came in holding the day’s mail, which included the self-addressed envelope I recognized as the manuscript I’d sent to a publisher. I opened it and read the short letter telling me my manuscript was not what they were looking for.
As I look back on that day, maybe it was perfect timing. I set the rejection letter aside and didn’t go back to it until several days later. By then the disappointment had rolled off my shoulders like water off a ducks back in comparison to losing my mother.
When I finally returned my attention back to my manuscript, I had decided that I’ll keep on trying. But first I had to learn from my mistakes.
Well, I’m still learning, doing my best to understand the industry, the craft, and improve where I can.
Your turn: When was your first rejection?