I’m not normally one for negativity in the first place. Think positively and the results will be positive. There’s a difference between positive thinking and delusion, though, and I’ve really tried to keep myself from dancing the line. You know that one kid on American Idol who stand in front of the Judging Panel Du Jour, howling at the top of their lungs, and then leaves in tears because they honestly thought they had what it takes?
I’m actively trying to not be the writing equivalent of that kid.
So you can guess my shock and wonder when the promising looking full manuscript request of last post turned into the rejection of this post. I bumbled between the fantasy of “Surely third time’s a charm” and the realistic expectation of “It doesn’t happen that quick for anyone, sister.”
We’re good, though. We only cried for about two and a half hours. That’s a new record.
The feedback I got on that rejection was a game-changer, though. “While I think it’s a great and inspiration storyline that any girl can get behind, I think I would recommend a little more work on it…you can whip it into the best shape it can possibly be in!” Obviously my first reaction was something akin to “WHAT DO YOU KNOW ANYWAY?” The second was along the lines of “…oh, yes, I suppose you’re right.” The timing was impeccable. I’ve done a lot of research into strong male romantic interests, and I was at the point where I realized that mine was a little weak. The book was immediately zipped off to two critique partners and, um, now it’s a chapter longer. Ms. Publisher Lady knew what she was talking about.
The moral to this story is that pretty much anything out there can be improved. We’ve got to keep ourselves open to criticism and actively look for the point they are making. If a smart, publisher/agent type person is saying it’s not ready, then it’s not ready. If all they’re saying is thanks-but-no-thanks, the manuscript probably needs a sledgehammer. I’m grateful for the feedback I was so lucky to receive. I’ve got a way stronger manuscript because of it.
Submissions: 15 / Rejections: 3