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July 31, 2009

The Positive Side of Rejection

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Okay, I know most of you read the title of this post and said, “come on, what’s so positive about another rejection?”

There’s a positive side to everything, even rejection, if you look for it.  Here are a few I’ve come up with after years of submitting (many acceptances but many more rejections):

1.        You’ve submitted to publishers that aren’t suitable for your piece.
            Read published works by houses to get a feel for the tone/style/
            voice/subject/length etc. already published by them.

2.        What was the reason for the rejection?  I received several rejections
            from a popular national kids’ magazine but when I started getting
           the reason (enjoyed your poems but unfortunately this issue is full),
           I knew they liked my work and resubmitted until I finally got 2
           acceptances.

3.        At least rejections mean you’re subbing.  Many writers write but
            unless you sub, you’ll never realize that dream of becoming published.

4.        Did the editor or agent give you feedback?  Take the hint, revise and
            rewrite and sub again.

5.        If one of your pieces continues to get rejected, perhaps it isn’t ready
            to be subbed out.  These rejections can wake you up to the fact that
            a particular manuscript may need reworking before it’s ready.

6.        Who’s doing the rejecting?  If you’ve subbed to high end publishers,
            try smaller, less known presses first.  You have to start somewhere
            and the bigger the publisher, the harder for a newbie to break in.

7.        Did you follow the guidelines?  Some writers get rejected because
            they didn’t send what the publisher was looking for.  Don’t let that
            be you.  Do your research.

8.        Remember, they aren’t rejecting you, they’re rejecting one of your
            many pieces.  Don’t give up!  Keep subbing.

I will even go as far as to say that rejections can be a good thing.  For me, rejections make me push harder to do my best possible writing and to keep subbing.  If I hadn’t followed that advice, I wouldn’t have many of the acceptances I have managed to receive.

I don’t have a publisher for my debut suspense novel…yet.  But I’ve put it through a critique group twice, hired a professional author, published repeatedly in the same genre to critique it and I’ve revised and rewritten until I’m now certain it’s my best version of this story.  I’ve also researched publishers and agents.  I’m currently tweaking my query.  I’m not taking the chance of getting any unnecessary rejections.

Rejections are tough to handle – some more than others.  But take heart and learn what you can from them.

July 15, 2009

Are you a summer writer or a winter writer?

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This year, in the area where I live, the weather has been unpredictable and summer has been a long time coming.  Finally though, we have had several days of beautiful, sunny weather.  That got me to thinking about writing.

Am I a summer writer or a winter writer?

I can honestly say that it isn’t difficult to hunker down in front of the computer on a freezing cold day in February as the wind blows gusts of ice and snow across the wide expanses of my back yard.  Writing all day is a great excuse to stay cozy in my pjs and drink coffee or hot chocolate all afternoon.

But as I let the bright summer sun warm my skin and as I smell the fresh morning air and listen to the happy, chattering birds, I feel rejuvenated and energized.  The days are long, the breezes cool and the pace can be whatever I choose.

In the winter, I find that I have more deadlines and more projects on the go at times, partly because I write plays for my studio’s drama department and partly because I’m one of those people who gets more accomplished the more I have to do.  In the winter I don’t mind being indoors – in fact, I rather like it when the temperatures outside dip below freezing.

In the summer, I become a different kind of writer. 

On sunny days, I love sitting in a park or on the shore of a lake, notebook and pen in hand.  The tranquill pace and sounds of summer inspire me to create new projects and to revel in all my new ideas. 

On rainy days, I hit the computer and work on revisions, research and rewrites.  I read writing newsletters and blogs.  I do what I call my “indoor” writing work.

So am I a summer writer? 

You betcha!

Am I a winter writer?

Absolutely!

I’m a writer…period.  No matter the weather or the circumstances, I write.  The only way to get those words down on paper is to sit there and do it.

So are you a summer writer or a winter writer?

July 3, 2009

How much do you rely on the internet?

Filed under: Writing — dramaquill @ 2:52 PM

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Well here I sit at the public library writing this short post.

I did the unthinkable and moved this week…yikes!

The phone company won’t be able to install a DSL jack until next Wed. and
it’s amazing how much I need the internet for my writing everyday.

Limited to 1 hr. of free library internet, I sit and wait impatiently for my hook up.

How much do you rely on the internet?

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