Well, ladies and gentlemen, I received my first rejection of my first submission on Friday afternoon. I am officially traveling the writer’s road, and didn’t take the one less traveled either. Nope. Right down the middle of the ol’ rejection-laden road, that’s me.
So, I’m 0-1.
But I ain’t mad. No, not me.
Seriously? Between just you and me? I knew I’d probably get rejected. I mean, most authors don’t go over the fence on the first try. I tried to go for a publication where I thought I had a serious chance, but I also knew the odds were about even. Turns out, I was incorrect. They weren’t in my favor.
Now, it sort of stings a little bit, but it didn’t come as a cold slap. And it hasn’t – as of this writing, which occurs scant hours after receiving said rejection even though you’re reading it Monday following – caused me to doubt my ability or my skill, my craft. My confidence at this point is only mildly shaken. The only thing I got in terms of feedback was not to let their rejection stop me from submitting to other places. (I wasn’t sure if that was a subliminal indication that I’m not good enough for them but I might be for other, second choice publications.)
Well, I’m not going to let it slow me down. I’m going to submit to other publications, just as they suggested. But … because I am, I can’t publish it myself, on my fiction blog or on my deviantART page either. I mean, dA’s supposed to have protected the posts so only other dA members can see it, but I don’t know if I want to take the chance on having it found on the ‘Net somehow.
Anyway, it’s over. Thanks to everyone who supported me and encouraged me to go ahead and submit. I’ll let you all know when I do it again. Special thanks to my beloved and Sherri for their feedback on it.
God bless and I’ll keep pluggin’.
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