Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Those Yucky Rs

First, let me introduce The Insecure Writer's Support Group. It is held the first Wednesday of every month by Alex J. Cavanaugh so we writers can post our fears and doubts and also offer encouragement for one another.

Here's mine for this first Wednesday of September.

It didn't take me long to receive an R from Pink Petal Books, but it's alright. I figure I'll list the pros and cons to the rejection.

We'll start with the cons and get them out of the way:
1) It hurts regardless of the reason. I mean you can understand if they just don't have any more room or what-have-you, but when they just say 'Sorry, but we are going to pass on your submission' it still tears the insides up a bit.

2) I don't know about anyone else, but a rejection generally leads to a huge bowl of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream and sometimes a couple of margaritas. FATTENING!!!

Now with the pros:
1) It wasn't meant to be there, and there's a better home out there for my baby :)
2) The R is a way to prove I'm not doing this writing as a hobby.
3) Gives me more time to polish my synopsis (afraid I may totally destroy it though if I keep hacking at it!)
4) Perfect excuse for the ice cream and the margaritas :)

Onward and upward. I know I'll find Secrets of Jenkins Bridge a special home.


  1. I am really enjoying the insecure writing posts, altho I didn't write one this month due to my Labor Day BBQ schedule. I like this one, Donna. So true that getting rejections is part of the job of being a writer, I your #1 point, that it shows you're a serious writer.

    Keep on writing, submitting and getting those R's because one of these days it will be a big A for acceptance.

  2. Good luck with your next submissions, and I'm glad to see that the icecream and margarittas are on the pro list too... :)

  3. I like your pro list; I do like R's either, but it is part of the process. Think even the really successful writers have had their share! So you are in great company! Yes, chocolate does help...I know if I keep it up I will need the Writer's Diet.
    It has already been written ;D

    Keep at it!

  4. I would try vanilla ice cream in the margarita, eh? But like you said, now you know you're in this writing for real. Reason #1 is the best of all. Your story will find a home where it's supposed to be.

  5. Means you are one step closer to an acceptance! Just don't quit.

  6. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE THE REGECTION! (I spell it with a G), embrace it, live it, love it. You should hop by my blog, all I do is talk about regection, but it's all funny and stuffz.

    I really like your writing style- and your positive attitude. Never stop writing! And I'll be dropping by to read more, no doubt!

  7. I am in the rejection phase of my writing career too. I have about 23 rejection letters to date. But you have a wonderful attitude and I am confident you will find a good home for your manuscript, so chin up.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, commenting and following my blog.

  8. I've been saying I can wallpaper my house with those R Letters. Just gotta keep plugging away and promoting yourself to do what you can to raise sales and awareness of you and your writing. Best wishes to you!

  9. I don't know about the ice cream and margaritas together--my stomach wouldn't due well with that combination.
    Keep at it--rejections can't last forever and you'll keep getting better at what you're doing.

    Tossing It Out

  10. @Karen- I didn't know Harry Potter was rejected many times. That'll boost my confidence a bit.

    @KarenG- I enjoyed your Labor Day BBQ. Let's hope for that big A!

    @Laura- Thank you for stopping by

    @Ella- Agreed. I'll need the Writer's Diet soon.

    @Nicki- I hadn't thought of mixing the two. Next time and I'll let you know how that works out for me ;)

    @Alex- Thank you for stopping in and for the encouragement. Truly means a lot.

    @regectedriter- Read your blog and LOVED it! I'll be stopping by often for a great pick-me-up.

    @Murees- Thank you for stopping by mine. My chin's a bit higher.

    @Stephen- Thank you for all the best wishes.

    @Arlee- Thank you for dropping by and of course the encouragement.

  11. Hang in there with those R's! I wish you all the best. Your book will find its proper home and sell very well. :)

    I have to cream and margaritas are perfect cures for those terrible R's.

  12. I like your positive reaction to rejection - just the wrong place at the wrong time. One day it will land on the perfect editor's desk, and the rest will be history.

    Right now though, I've got an unexplained craving for ice-cream...

  13. I love the idea of a rejection proving you're serious about your writing. I'm going to try to remember that :-)

  14. @Melissa- I'm glad you like my 'cures'.

    @Annalisa- Fulfill you craving!

    @Sarah- Thank you for stopping by.