So I have been shopping my YA fantasy novel for a brief five months, short compared to many. I still receive my fair share of rejections peppered in with some requests for more.
Each rejection I log on to my tracking program. Watching as the percentages dwindle down with each entry. Needless to say it can run havoc with your self esteem. But since I waited in line several times for self esteem, mine is still in fine shape. I think this might be the key:
DON'T GIVE UP AND DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY!
Anything worth doing takes time and energy and just because one person says no doesn't mean I am a failure, it just means it wasn't right for them. RIGHT?!?
I used to be in sales where rejection was common, but I have to say, I have never 'sold' a piece of me. And that's what my writing is, a piece of me. My white knuckles clenched upon my manuscript, not letting go, but the more you release, the easier it becomes.
So here is a list of what I am doing while waiting:
- Take criticism, with a grain of salt, of course using it to improve my novel. Remove the 'oh poor me' glasses, and put on reality eye wear.
- Don't take rejection as a failure. We can all recount stories of other authors who struggled for many years.
- Begin a new work, each book you write should be better than your last. So I take this to heart! (Plus my new WIP is rocking right now, or at least I think so.)
- Read. Reading makes one a better writer! I don't worry if I will be influenced, I just read!
- Learn/Study - investigate industry terms, and agencies. Ready with a set of questions for when I do get an agent/publisher.
- I Praise God for allowing me the opportunity to write! I am so blessed to have a husband and family who support what I do and gives me the space to do it.
So what do you do while waiting for good news? I want to hear it!
Luke1:37 ~ For nothing will be impossible with God.