Rejection Reflection

“This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address.’ Just keep looking for the right address.”- Barbara Kingsolver

I came across this quote on another blog this morning and liked it. As I search for an agent or a publisher for my book I will keep this in mind. I want my agent or publisher to be as excited as I am about my story, so I need to remember that if I get rejections it is because they are not the one for me.

It is odd, but as I have been searching and collecting a file folder of responses I have also filed away in my head the great story this will all make.  What will my story be down the road? What will I be telling a group of interested writers someday?

I had 60 rejections from agents before I found the one.

I submitted to 20 publishers before I got a yes.

I could wallpaper a room with the amount of rejections I got.

These are some lines I have heard or read from other authors and while meant to be encouraging, it can be depressing too.  If that author with their excellent writing, or that wonderful book was rejected so many times, will I ever find the right agent, the publisher that will finally say yes?

Still, the fact that in the back of my mind I am stowing away these little tidbits of information, the tally of rejections and the stories behind them, it must mean that I do believe at some point I will have a story to tell, and that story will lead to the publication of my book(s). I say books because although my current queries are in regards to my completed manuscript of my cancer memoir, I also have that other book on the back burner, the book I started last year and abandoned last fall when I was gearing up to promote the first book. 

Yes, I have pulled out all the files and dusted off the pages of my coupon book.  I have one woman working on the opening introduction of the chapter that delves into the refund conventions of the 80’s and 90’s.  I have started a proposal that includes recent material from a New York Times report on the increased coupon usage this past year.  This is a timely subject, and if I am going to write this book I had best do it now.

I won’t abandon the search for a publisher and agent for the precious package of my cancer memoir, but it is time to shift some of my energy into completing yet another package, the proposal for my coupon book.

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