Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chocolate for the rejected, please

I queried my latest WIP and I was rejected. Rejected fast and hard.

Right now I'm eating chocolate and ice cream, feeling like it isn't worth it in the end. The rejection depression is not good right when NaNoWriMo is due to start. I lost the desire for it. I ask myself why I bother when I'm never going to be good enough.

I know when Tuesday rolls around, I'll force myself to start up on NaNoWriMo even if I'm still feeling depressed. I have no doubt I'll get caught up in it and let that creative rush bring me back my love of writing. Even if it isn't NaNoWriMo, it will be another story. My compulsion to write, the ecstasy of it, always comes back.

It's just at moments like this that I feel the lowest of the low.

I aimed high. I queried the number one epublisher of romance. I'll go over my cover letter, synopsis and manuscript again. I'll query the number two press next.

I also wanted to let everyone know that my posts will be shorter and less frequent in November. Some posts might just be my NaNo word count for the day. I won't be able to read and comment on blogs as often either. Most of you know how NaNoWriMo consumes you. Please don't think I've forgotten about you. Come December, I'll be making the rounds routinely again.

Good luck to everyone doing NaNoWriMo! The buddy tool still isn't working. I hope they get it fixed soon.

Update: A big thank you to Josh Hoyt and Krista for giving me The Versatile Blogger Award. You made me smile today.

18 comments:

  1. Ahh (((hugs))). It may not have anything to do with you. If they've just signed a similar story, they'll hold off a bit. Keep submitting - it'll find a home somewhere!

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  2. Sorry, that sucks. Definitely a chocolate day.

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  3. That's a real shame. Eat all the chocolate you need, and get back on the rollercoaster in a day or two. Sooner or later it will be worth it.

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  4. *hugs* Eat chocolate today and gear up to keep writing tomorrow. That's probably the best thing to do with a rejection. Your story is so good. You just have to keep trying and it'll find a place. :)

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  5. don't let it keep you down! Good luck with NaNo.

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  6. Thank you for the hugs and sympathy. I love the community here. You're all so supportive! :)

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  7. Don't let one rejection stop you! You can't lose if you just don't quit.

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about the rejection.

    Good luck to you, too, with NaNoWriMo!

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  9. Christine,

    You are an excellent writer, so don't despair. Although, that's what I do. when I get a rejection, I can't write for the rest of the day.

    Take some time if you need it, then get right back to it!

    You could try Entangled Publishing. I think they'd like your writing. Say my name in the cover letter.

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  10. Sorry you got that rejection but it will be a story to show how hard you worked after you have become mucho successful. My question is what kind of chocolate and ice cream? I am an m&m and chocolate fan myself. Good luck on nano, I'm in too.

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  11. Uh-Oh! I just added you as my very first WriMo buddy EVER - so you better change your title to accepted. ;)

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  12. So sorry about the rejection! Rejections are rough, but it really might not be because your book/query letter weren't good enough--as someone else said, if there's something similar in the queue it can be passed up, or if it's not someone's cup of tea. It's still not easy, though, waiting to get it into the hands of the right person. I hope you had lots of chocolate and are feeling a little better! I'm going to go add you as a NaNo buddy if I can find your link.

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  13. It's their loss I say... your story is pretty awesome. And remember it's just one person's opinion - hence it's a very subjective market... someone else will probably love it and snatch it right away:) Good luck with your next submission.

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  14. We all face rejection at times. It is how we react that is so telling. You have the right attitude and I know your book will be picked up. I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
    "Failure is not an indication of the future, just a building block to get there." ~ Dave Ramsey

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  15. I know it won't help much, but at least you have the guts to send it out at all. Most people don't do even that.

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  16. Oh, I'm so sorry *hugs*. I understand how you're feeling, but just think that maybe your WIP didn't belong with the person you queried, and that it's looking for its perfect home.

    NaNo is so great for getting back a love of writing. Just forget querying and revising cover letters for a while. Take time (Time? When NaNo's on?) to simply enjoy writing for you for a while.

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  17. Thank you again, everyone. Your support means so much.

    Nancy, I had Three Muskateers bars and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I felt like chocolate cheesecake, too, but I had to deal without it!

    Kate, yes! Accepted! :)

    C D, NaNo and time? Heh. I know what you mean, though. ;)

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  18. Good luck on Nanorimo I understand and your writing must come first! Sorry about the rejection just keep working hard and I agree it is that drive that keeps me going even after the rejection.

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