Rejections are a part of any writer’s career – I’ll be one of the first to agree with that. Any writer, editor, agent or publisher will tell you of it. It’s publishing 101 – you will receive rejections at some point of your career.
I guess I’m one of the lucky ones, depending on how you look at it. The first short story I submitted ended up in an anthology; no rejections involved. Lucky? Yes. Unlucky? Probably.
Anyone who knows me well enough, knows that I easily take a step back from my writing and disconnect. I accept constructive criticism well and work to improve the stories I write. This brings me to the point of this post.
This morning, I received my first rejection e-mail. A greeting and thanks for submitting, a polite, “While we enjoyed reading it, we are going to pass on it for publication.” and well-wishes for submitting it to other places.
Okay. It’s not hitting print. I can deal with that.
That was my attitude throughout the morning. Then little things started piling up and it made me miserable. The rejection, stuff at college and little things along the way.
Maybe I shouldn’t have checked my e-mail before getting out of bed.
Perhaps it was an omen of the day?
While the rejection itself doesn’t bother me – no, I am not just saying that – it, combined with this other things, just piled up into a heap of blah. Now, I don’t know how to get out of it.
I don’t want to spend my day like this – it’s already 5:30 pm.
Do I need to talk about the other things that happened to some friends? Probably, but it’s more. I need something to cheer me up. I browsed around for other publishers or magazines looking for submissions, to potentially resubmit this story to. No luck so far. I’ll try again. What do I have to lose?
Tomorrow, I’m getting back into writing my novel. The more I can get done, the better. I’ll just bounce back from this day of blah – really, the rejection was the happiest poor thing that happened – and spend time doing what I do best.
Has one of your stories/poems ever been rejected? If so, how did it make you feel and what did you do?
- Publication Anxiety: How do you deal with it? (natashamcneely.wordpress.com)