|My 1st reject--on a yellow sticky note from 1985|
|1st reject for my 1st novel|
over 600 rejections (yes, you read that correctly) and 7 years of writing, writing, writing and improving my craft to finally receive an acceptance.
|Some editors are brief.|
|Some have neat handwriting!|
|This one always wrote real letters! (And did buy one of my fantasy stories.)|
|This one had a manual typewriter & really skimped on paper.|
|Form postcard with added note.|
|Form letter with brief encouraging note.|
|Sometimes the reason has nothing to do with the writing.|
|Sometimes they'll suggest other publishing houses.|
|Some form rejects are sort of "personalized"...|
|And others not--just stuffed in a SASE.|
For all the acceptances I've had over the last 22 years, there are many more submissions that were never accepted: Some because they weren't good enough to merit publication, but others simply because of bad luck or timing. After all, good ideas happen simultaneously to more than one writer, and whoever "gets there first" is the one published.
And sometimes a well-written project just has to wait until the right time--but that's a subject for another blog. (Anyway, I'd rather wait until I have the signed contract returned and the advance check in hand before I write about that book's long journey. Stay tuned!)