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When Your Dreams Burst Like Bubbles Linda S. Glaz

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:
No thanks.
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…



  1. Rick Barry says:

    Amen, Linda! In the arts, probably most of us feel we’ve run dry at some point. Nice to receive reminders to keep our eyes on the prize!

  2. Paul A Schoenborn says:

    Some thoughts on rejection notices

    I’ve read that J.K. Rowling received 12 rejections before she found a publisher to print her Harry Potter series.
    e.e. cummings also received many rejection letters prior to his publications.

    Like Rowling & Cummings, there are many famous authors that were initially rejected. Here are but a few authors that had bountiful “bubbles burst” before being published:
    William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 times
    Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was turned down 38 times
    Anne Frank’s The Diary of a young Girl was declined 15 times
    Stephen King’s Carrie had 30 publishers refuse it – 30 times.

    What does that tell me about being an unpublished author? I pondered upon the words of the famous philosopher “Dory” in Finding Nemo, who continually said, “Just keep swimming…” so as unpublished authors, if we persevere (keep swimming) we too will eventually reach the goal.

    Contemplations of an old retired principal,
    p. a. schoenborn

  3. Diana says:

    I love the word picture. Encouraging post. Even agents need to remember to get back up again :-).

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