I am so excited! I received my first rejection letter today!
I know, I know, why in the world am I excited about being REJECTED??
Well, here is how it rolls. I figure that every author has gotten rejected the first time. There may be those wonderful exceptions, but I am pretty sure they are rare. Therefore, since I am going to get rejected first anyway, it is best to get it over with now! I got the first one out of the way, and am now pumped up and ready to prove him wrong! Rejection can do one of two things: It can defeat you, or it can empower you. I am choosing to be empowered!
The great news is that I got a little comment too, which I am so excited about! He noted that it was a nice idea, but my craft needed work. I COMPLETELY agree with this! You see, the version I sent him was a rough draft. I just didn’t know it was a rough draft when I sent it back in March. I was so proud and excited and mailed my proposal off. My baby was officially out of the nest, and I sat back with giddy excitement.
A few weeks later, I was reading my MSS again, and realized that I couldn’t stand the first five pages. The beautiful manuscript that flowed perfectly and had wonderful hooks and descriptions just a few weeks earlier was now stark, ugly and just down right confusing. I would have rejected it at that point, too.
So, I cracked my knuckles, sat down at my laptop, and started writing again. I rewrote the first five pages, and did a bit more editing of the rest. The outcome is 100% better!! It is still not perfect, but is a night and day difference from the previous version. Every day I learn something new, hear a tid bit of something, and relook at my manuscript with new eyes. It is still a work in progress (although completed) but is getting to be a much better work in progress!
This agent also recommended I become a member of the ACFW (which I already did about a month ago, check that off the list!) and recommended I attend their annual conference in September. I had already planned to go as long as God provides the $$, which I am believing He will!!
My next step is: Frame my rejection letter. After that, it is off to editing land I go!