The Road to Publishing

My first rejection.

I got it at exactly 16:59 in my mailbox, and I’m so happy about it.

I mean every time I think about it I get a little dorky smile and butterflies in my stomach. I did not in a million years think I’d be this happy about getting a rejection.

It was from an agent who will remain nameless. She was really nice, she basically just said it’s tough to break into the business, that I shouldn’t be disheartened and another publisher may think differently about my piece.

I want to hug her. She’s just made my day. It’s the nicest possible way to write a rejection. She didn’t even say anything about my writing. Which I’ll just take as a good thing. Honestly, agent- wherever you are- I love you.

0 thoughts on “My first rejection.”

  1. Whatever you do, don’t get discouraged – it’s easy to do. Whenever I get discouraged, I think of “The Help, “Kathryn Stockett. Her novel was rejected 60 times.

    To me, that’s perseverance.

    For me, I gave up on my first novel when I reached 20 rejections and took the advice of many others authors: toss your 1st novel under the bed and never look at it again. Although that hurt to do, I’m glad I did. I wasn’t able to move forward in my writing until I let go of this novel that I wrote in my early 20’s. I feel that my current project has a much better chance of getting published.

    Anyway, now that I’m done babbling (lol), keep up the sunny attitude! And good luck getting published.

  2. Oh wow. I didn’t know that about ‘The Help’- I love that book.
    I totally agree about the first novel. But I’d say look at it for a little giggle and to see how far you’ve come as a writer. It’s mostly going to be cringe- worthy writing (well mine was).
    I was 13 when I picked up writing as a hobby. So I’ve been at it for 11 years now.
    You have to keep positive, it’s not the end of the world 🙂 .There’s always tomorrow, and you never know what’s around the corner.

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