Today, oh wretched, wretched rainy day:
Got rejected by a publisher whose editor, after receiving my partial, requested the full in record time (which I'd hoped was a positive sign):
An excerpt from the editor's rejection letter:
"Your passion struck me rather forcefully, and the warmth of the writing (related, of course), in a way that does not happen very often. This kind of passion is very engaging, as are the characters and their strange and rich histories. I also like the idea of Acadian stories very much. I am sorry to say, however, that I just didn’t feel that ineffable ‘click’ of recognition, that this would fit well with [insert publisher name here]’s fiction list. This ‘click’ is based partly on sensibility, and also on our understanding of what kind of books we know how to promote effectively."
Thus began the stages of coping, interpreting, denial, suppressing of suicidal thoughts. . . you know, the usual.
Below are my top 5 quotes/methods for coping with this wretched day:
Give it up."
- from A Perspective on Submission Rejections, posted by Kat Heckenbach in Author's Journey, Creative Nook, Random Things
4. "Always remember, you do not need anything external to feel happy. Things can only bring you temporary happiness.
The only permanent happiness is found in understanding this and in acknowledging the awesomeness of being alive."
- from http://www.wikihow.com/Handle-Rejection
[My response to this can be summarized by the image above. Whoever wrote this obviously never got a letter from a publisher saying that they'd publish their manuscript. I did & can vouch for the fact that it IS pure happiness that lasts a LOOOOONG time]
Lord of the Flies by William Golding: 'an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.';
Catch – 22 by Joseph Heller: ‘I haven’t really the foggiest idea about what the man is trying to say… Apparently the author intends it to be funny – possibly even satire – but it is really not funny on any intellectual level.’;
The Spy who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré: ‘You’re welcome to le Carré – he hasn’t got any future.’;
Jorge Luis Borges: 'utterly untranslatable';
Animal Farm by George Orwell: ‘It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA’)
- Quotes came from www.writersservices.com/mag/m_rejection.htm
Okay, I'm starting to feel slightly better, regaining my old determination (pictured above) and leaning slightly in favour of not jumping off the roof. . .
And, my TOP 2 ways of COPING