Encouragement

“The years of rejection do not break his spirit. He only becomes more determined to succeed.”

A quote about C.S. Lewis, the entire piece found here.

It’s very encouraging.

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“First Time for Everything!” Well Make it Stop! :)

Reading through old posts, I came across this gem. Thought I’d re post it. This is how enthusiastic I was when I first started querying this summer. My how things have changed!!! If I could only tell myself back then, that I would go through that thirteen more times.

Yes, there’s a first time for everything.

Just wish there would be a last time too. 😦

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING!!! 6/14/2010

I got my first rejection email from an agent!!!! :-D
I have passed through the Gate of Writers!
Perhaps I shouldn’t be this excited. But I’m not going to let it rain on my day. I hear that writers’ lives are fraught with rejections. This just means I’ve passed my first test. I can be rejected. And I can take it well! I imagine that will take me far on this uncertain path. NOW, the story might change if I get a few more rejection letters. I’ve sent four query letters, and one has come back negative. I’m planning on sending out a few more this week to boost my chances for success. Which are already good, I hope. :-)
-j.p.
The word of the day: Daksinarrow.

I Have An Agent, But Don’t Get Too Excited…

 

Um, wrong kind of agent…

 

DISCLAIMER: Please do not get über-excited near the end of this post. I appreciate your interest in my publishing life, but I don’t want you to get disappointed when you get to the punchline. It’s not wut u think. 🙂

Well, faithful readers, here I am. I was inspired by my wend Stephen today. He’s got a pretty busy life, from what I’ve read over on the Undiscovered Author blog. He’s married, has a kid (and an escape-artist of a dog), is going to school, has a job, etcetera! And still, he found time to post a big huge thing today on The Last Day.

Wow, Stephen! I figured, if you can fit that into your life, I can fit this one post into my life.

My manuscript has been a trial, and a practice in love and faithfulness. I have had to tend to this screaming baby on and off for the past 3+ years. It’s been a finicky baby. Here’s my story.

The initial idea that came to me was somewhat simple—ooh, a city underwater! I wrote the story, and it was a good length for what I was writing at the time. And yay, I finished a book! (A fairly rare occurrence for me, mind you!) Then, it came time to re-read it…oh my goodness, Mr. Cabit, what were you thinking when you wrote this? I asked myself. 🙂 (Come on, who HASN’T gone through that in their writing career?) So I rewrote it. Ah, a beautiful, long, rambly manuscript.

But then one day, my truthful beta reader gave me his honest opinion about what he thought of the thing. Eesh, was it really that bad? Time for another rewrite.

So, my third version was complete. Now, it needed to be published. It needed to be introduced to the world. Who would do it for me?

Ah, those query letters. I remember them so…well, er, unfondly actually.

I sent about sixteen query letters, and all of those who have written back have rejected it. A lot of them were very polite rejection letters. They were sort of “This-isn’t-my-kind-of-book” rejections. Granted, it’s a very unique book—not a typical paperback romance, true-crime murder mystery, ghosts-and-goblins fantasy flick, sorcery and witchcraft YA thriller, chick lit “giggler,” Oprah-Book-Club read, etcetera etcetera. I imagine there aren’t that many agents out there who would consider it “Their kind of book.” 🙂 Oh, but wait! There is one agent who would appreciate it…

And into the scene steps this guy. This guy is willing to take on the book, and submit it to a publishing house, and try to get it into print.

Yes, folks, my news is that I’ve ended my search for an agent. I have found an agent, and I don’t know if he’s going to be a good one, but it’s the one who’s accepted me, and I’ll have to work with what I have.

Hey, at least I will have saved myself 15% of my profits if I “Win.” 🙂

So, in conclusion, my manuscript is not dead, but my search for agents is. The quest is over, and it’s come full circle.

I am going to be my own agent!!!

Rejection is the Road to Acceptance

"This newbie author has atrocious spelling! And he wants me, his editor, to go through ALL these mistakes?!?!?! He'll never make it onto the Newe Yorke Tymes!"

Somebody left a comment recently, and that was “Rejection is the road to acceptance.” How true.

This is the last day of posting on my Queries theme. I’ve sent out ten queries over the past week or so, and have gotten two responses, both negative.

So here is the first translation. “Rejection is the road to acceptance – The road to being accepted is full of being rejected.” And that’s probably true.

The second translation: “Rejection is the road to acceptance – The only way to accept being rejected, is to be rejected many times.”

Wow. Profound. Or just bad reading skills. 🙂

-j.p.

…And a Second Time For Some Things Too!

Not the number 2 we know and love. But a spiffing picture anyhow.

Second rejection letter. Very generic, only one sentence long. There’s a sort of mystery that lingers right before I click a new email from an agent open—Will it be a yes or a no? And then there’s that split-second when I fly over the words. It only took me about two seconds to read the body of the email, which was basically: “Thanks but no.”

Strike: Number Two. Like a pencil. There’s lots of kinds of pencils out there. Some are meant for writing, others for sketching, others for coloring. There’s one pencil out there that’s mine…it’s just a matter of finding that pencil and using it to sign a contract with a publisher.

Forgive me for such a poetical parallel…I’m listening to piano music. It kinda makes me thoughtful. 🙂

I’ve got eight more balls lined up. Maybe more. Hopefully I won’t strike out.

-j.p.

First Time for Everything!

I got my first rejection email from an agent!!!! 😀

I have passed through the Gate of Writers!

Perhaps I shouldn’t be this excited. But I’m not going to let it rain on my day. I hear that writers’ lives are fraught with rejections. This just means I’ve passed my first test. I can be rejected. And I can take it well! I imagine that will take me far on this uncertain path. NOW, the story might change if I get a few more rejection letters. I’ve sent four query letters, and one has come back negative. I’m planning on sending out a few more this week to boost my chances for success. Which are already good, I hope. 🙂

-j.p.

The word of the day: Daksinarrow.