Well, I suppose I can consider myself an official writer now, as two days ago, I received my first rejection email. Oh, it was written kindly and politely, but that didn’t take the sting of rejection away. After reading it, and this was a submission that I had expected to hear something about quite some time ago, I thought, I felt better not knowing than getting that “I’m sorry but we cannot use your story at this time”.
But the sting has gone, and I go on. I will continue to write and submit and hope. I cannot do anything else, because I have characters and stories inside of me fighting to get out.
Yesterday, I read this on another blog:
• Agatha Christie went through FIVE years of continual rejection before landing a publishing deal; her book sales are now over $2 billion.
• Louis L’Amour garnered 200 rejections before a publisher decided to take a chance on him; his book sales are now over $330 million.
• Janet Evanovich wrote for TEN years before getting published; she now makes millions every year.
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After reading this information, I had two thoughts: 1) Wow! That’s perseverance. I hope I have that kind of strength, determination and fortitude, and 2) I hope it doesn’t take me that long because I have started at an age where I’m not sure I would have much time to produce a lot of great stories if I had to wait that long.
How about you? Have you received rejection letters/emails? How long have you been plugging away at your writing waiting for your big break?