Thursday, July 28, 2011

Antidote to Rejection




Rejection sucks more than the vacuum department of a Sears store!

~Bonnie Staring

As happens more often than not in the publishing industry, I received a rejection for a manuscript.

I huffed and puffed and blew around the house for a while. I whined to my ever-patient husband who read the email and pointed out all the nice things.

Then, for the first time, I reached out to my writing gals and pals. Notes dinged into my inbox and across my page offering cabana boys, chocolate, margaritas, and hugs. Empathy and encouragment filled the messages.

Little by little, I was cured of the rejection blues by the kind words of dear friends and cyber friends.

I’m back in the chair with my hands on the keyboard. My skin hasn’t been thickened by rejection, but strenghthened by friendship.

Thanks everybody!


photo credit: Slice of Gateaux by Simon Howden

5 comments:

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Glad you're back at the keyboard. Have a great day!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Those rejections do sting, don't they!? I've had a few amazing rejections lately and have now learned to take what I can from their comments and move on. Once I decided to take on the 'you can't fight fate' attitude, the sting goes away fairly quickly.

Hugs for getting back into the chair. When we were in Scotland my hubby loved their attitude - "Pecker up" is now part of his vobaculary. :)

Good luck with your next try.

Josie said...

Joan,
This is a lovely post. Most of us, as writers, have faced rejection several times.

Good for you for hanging in there.

StephB said...

I'm sorry about the rejection, but I think that choc cake would help me get over it just fine.

Smiles & ((hugs))
Steph

Mona Risk said...

Joan, I am so glad you are writting again. Believe me I felt your pain and shared it. You lost a battle but you will win the war!