Thursday, September 14, 2006


Every writer has experienced his or her share of rejection. I personally believe that over the years I have collected enough rejection letters to wallpaper a large bathroom. Publication is no guarantee that you won’t still suffer from the dreaded “thanks, but no thanks” syndrome that writers are frequently afflicted with, and I don’t care how thick one’s skin is, even the most polite “we don’t want you” still hurts like hell.

I’m published and although I would like to stay published, such isn’t always that easy to maneuver. I got a rejection yesterday and I’ll be damned if it didn’t feel like someone had sucked the life from me as I was being slammed head first into the ground. Although I had liked my proposal, and I think my agent liked my proposal, the publisher didn’t.

After I finish rubbing ointment on my bruised ego it’s back to the drawing board. Rejection sucks but it also means I need to refocus and turn this hurt into something more positive. I’ll enjoy this funk for a little longer ‘cause we all know there’s nothing like a really good pity party. By the weekend I’ll be over myself and ready to get back to the business of writing, writing well, and doing what I have to do to stay published.


Anonymous said...

Hang in there!
One day someone is going to see the manuscript for P---- M-- and want to offer you not only the book, but a movie too.

Those of you who know you best will be there to put the sun back into the sky.

Deborah Mello said...

Thank you, my friend, 'cause I sure could use a little sun right now.