I've gotten back into the swing of submitting recently, and my experiences now have felt a little different than back when I tried for a year of 100 rejections. So I decided to look at the numbers to see - are things different?
I have accomplished a lot already this year. Unfortunately, none of the progress lies in completed projects.
Rejection is something every writer needs to face, but some rejections are better than others.
Well, I'm settled into my new place now and I've finally become more motivated to write and to work on my New Year's goal of submitting to 50 agents. I think I will surpass even my 2010 extreme of 77 queries (although my goal that year was 100 rejections). So I'm up to 30 queries … Continue reading query counter
So, a round-up of my publishing efforts thus far: 26 submissions sent, only 12 actual rejections. The rest have yet to respond (and some of them probably never will). I am on track as far as sending out submissions to get my 100 rejections, but lagging behind in getting the actual rejections! I am trying … Continue reading keep on truckin’
It's back to square one. Nothing panned out, unless you count my growing number of rejections. So it's back to querying, and writing of course. Still working on Hitchhikers, although I may take another stab at Blood Countess if I can't get past the weird place I left my Hitchhikers narrator in last night...
Ten rejections into my New Year's Resolution and an agent asked to see the full manuscript! I had only just started wallpapering with my rejections. I am not deluded; I know that I may yet be rejected again, and this one might hurt more. But at least I know my query letter isn't a total … Continue reading wallpaper… and not wallpaper
I'm not sure why I'm excited about this. But I am. The first rejection of the 100 I have resolved to receive this year. It means I can turn around and resubmit immediately. It means I'm actively trying to attain my goal of getting published. So I'm a little teensy bit excited. I even printed … Continue reading first rejection of the new year!
Since my resolution from 2009 didn't work out ("get published"), I came up with a different - and more attainable - approach for 2010: "Get 100 rejections from agents and publishers." The number 100 is not random, I went to a book signing for Laurie Faria Stolarz and she said Blue Is For Nightmares got … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions
I've been querying agents for both The Abandoned and Seven Minutes to Midnight, and have met with what appear to be form rejections: Thanks for your query, but I'm sorry to say I'm not the right agent for your book. I wish you the best of luck in your search for representation. and Thank you … Continue reading I eat rejection for breakfast.