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On rejection…

No one ever said this would be easy.  I’m editing the first novel, in the process of finding a home for it, and wishing I were writing the second novel.  Which is greedy.  The cat cries for tuna when he has a bowl full of dried food and I tell him – what’s the problem?  You’ve got food.  But, it isn’t the food he wants.

Editing is like dried cat food.  It just sits there until you finish it.  Going stale.  New projects are tuna, full of juice, when anything is possible.  With dried food… not so much.  And the longer you leave the new project, the fear you’ll lose the juice that you know is there, if only you had more heads.

I got my first “no” on my first novel today.  Ouch.  Still, I’m grateful for the agent’s time in reading it, and grateful to be told “no” rather than being ignored. Bubble Cow told us today that “every rejection is a step closer to publication.” Today, I’m not feeling it.  Still, my butt’s in the chair and I’m – well, I’m blogging, you can see that – but I’m squaring up to that dry bowl of pages to be edited, to prune and polish until they shine.  Until they cannot be refused.

No one ever said it would be easy.  Some books and sites say there is a magic formula.  We’re smarter than that.  We know there is not.  There is only this screen, this chair, this cup of tea, these words…

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love this cat food analogy.
    Glad your butt is in the chair…
    And I’m with you on the Babybels too x

    June 2, 2010
  2. Rejections ALWAYS hurt… The key is to try and shake them off and carry on, after all they are part of the business. Your duty as a writer is to ensure your work is not being rejected because it is not up to standard, but for another reason. If this is the case, then persistence will pay off – eventually.

    Good Luck.

    June 24, 2010

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