Here it is, finally. You open your email (or in my case when I started writing, the physical mailbox), and the notification from the agent or editor is calling your name. And the responses go something like this:
Learn your craft.
Thanks but I’ll pass.
Thank you so much for thinking of us with your novel, The Greatest Ever Written. While the premise was delightful, we just did not think that it was quite ready for submission.
OR if you’re lucky:
We appreciate that you thought of Joe and Jane’s Literary Agency. While we discussed your work at length, we felt that there were still areas that you need to address before submitting to agents and/or editors. For ex. (and they proceed to outline numerous areas where you might be able to improve your work). THESE, by the way, are GOLD rejections. They have actually given you something to work with. Something that will actually help your process.
But the feeling is the same.
They have burst your bubble with a capital POP!
In fact, if you’re a serious writer, it’s something like:
POP! POP! POP! POP! ………….
While in Michigan, that’s a tasty drink of bubbly soda, everywhere else, it means some type of rejection.
What do you do? I’ve know quite a few folks, one very close to me, who chose to close up shop, never write again, and he was a brilliant author. He made Rod Serling look like an amateur—well—almost. He could turn you inside out with all of the twists and turns and implied circumstances, but one publisher said, “No!” And he quit.
From the day we’re born, bubbles burst in our lives:
Our first step…we fall down. But we get up and try again until we can RUN!
Our first words…we stammer and stutter. We try to form the words, but they are barely understandable at best. Still, we keep talking, to our parents’ chagrin, and we never stop!
The first time behind the wheel of a car? I won’t even go there. Such a nightmare, but most of us drive, and drive well, because we NEVER gave up.
Even if it takes ONE
OR THREE BOTTLES of bubbles to get what you where you want to be, never quit trying to blow the best bubbles ever.
Quitting is not an option. Your dreams matter…