Monday, August 9, 2010

I Needed This Today...

After a summer of querying agents, resulting in some nice strong "bites" and lots of unexpected feedback, I don't have that coveted contract in my hands as yet, and I'm starting to lose some steam. Sure, there are still irons in the fire, still agents who are reading my work (man, this waiting is tough!). But along with the interest has also come rejection. It's just the nature of the business, but that doesn't mean it doesn't sting.

Submitting work to agents/publishers is NOT for sissies, lol. If you don't have a tough skin when you start submitting, you'll either gain it quickly, or will quit altogether. There's really no middle ground.

I found this great article today at - it's a little crude in spots, so if you're easily offended by profanity (there's not much, but it's there), then you might not wanna click.

I liked the rawness of the article - the clear acknowledgment that writers are human - that we've got feelings and egos and doubts. And that we're not alone - we're all going through the hills and valleys. And mostly, that the valleys - the rejections - are PART OF THE PROCESS. I just needed to hear that today...


  1. Thanks, girl! I got rejected yesterday (not the 2 agents I'm most hopeful about, thankfully (and not the FedEx one), but it was still a blow. Meh).

  2. Tough skin is a must! Any writer must learn to
    brush off the rejection (even though it hurts) and never give up.