Rejection: A Rite of Passage

eileen-richards-author-281x300~ By Eileen Richards

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When you take the chance and send your work out for publication, you face rejection.  The first publisher I submitted my work to has rejected the manuscript.  And I’m happy about it!  It was a great rejection. The editor took the time to consider the work and gave honest feedback.  You can’t ask for more than that.

This rejection allows me to apply for PRO status with RWA and have PRO Status for Nationals.  It means that I’m taking my writing seriously. It means others will take me seriously as well. It is a step in the right direction.

While writing is still the hard part, getting published is no picnic either. It takes hardwork and dedication.  It takes persistence.  I’ve been lucky in that my first rejection was a great email with lots of helpful advice.  I was floored that this editor took the time. She was gracious and encouraging. Nothing like what i feared.

So I am reviewing her suggestions. Many I will investigate and make to this manuscript. Others, maybe not. But the one thing I can say about this experience is that I’ve learned a lot.  I’ve learned that while it’s hard to hit the send key on a submission, it is getting easier.  While I’m not thrilled with constructive feedback, I know I need it and I appreciate it.  I know this is just another rung on the ladder towards publication.

I got rejected and I’m excited!

Eileen Richards writes Regency historical and contemporary romance set in small towns or villages as it was. Still pre-published, she’s focusing on her craft and hoping for The Call. She reached PRO status in 2011 when her husband dared her to submit her current manuscript to go to Nationals. She did, got rejected, and earned her PRO status. When she’s not writing, she’s working with data by day and coming home to her own romantic hero of 33 years and her greyhound, Honey. http://www.eileenrichardsauthor.com

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