As you may or may not remember, I wrote a story to enter in the “Pitch Your Shorts” contest that Jami Gold had a week or so ago. I’ll save the drama. I did my stuff, pitched my short, and didn’t get a request. In short, rejected.
But! When I read the list of names and didn’t find mine on there I thought, “Well, actually, that’s not so surprising, and it’s not so bad.” And I got over it rather quickly. Here’s a few reasons why, and a few things that might help you all get over whatever writerly rejection you’re going through right now.
#4 More time to sit on it.
I started writing this story, Revolutions, specifically for Pitch Your Shorts, on December 25th or so. That was 15 days, working full time, to go from concept to 20k words. Can you see the trouble? I had time to pass it through a few readers, and read it several times myself to make sure everything flowed correctly; but even now I think I might need to expand the end a little. I’m not certain about it. I’m not stone cold “YES.” either way. This gives me time to be certain I won’t get it out into the world only to have it be smacked with a 2 star review and a “meh”.
#3 Wrong Genre
I started writing this story with a strong romance in mind. And yes, the romance came through, but it came through as secondary. Entangled publishing is a romance centered press, so why did I enter in the genre line “fantasy, Dystopian”? Honesty, I guess. I sometimes have trouble with writing exactly the story I mean to write: even in rewrites of The Athele Series I’ve run into trouble where I’ll start a scene and all the sudden it will be going off in the same direction by a different track.
I dislike stopping this kind of thing because I’ve found that 99% of the time, the ‘slightly off track’ version is light-years better. The point of #3 is that while I wrote Revolutions with the pitch contest in mind, I pretty much failed at writing it for the contest. And since I still like what I wrote, I’m totally ok with that.
#2 Ego Pin
The worst thing in the whole wide world is when your ego gets too big for your britches, and begins to bust out the buttons, thus leaving you red faced and pantsless. …That metaphor got away from me.
In any case, while I cultivate a healthy ego, being passed over is a reminder that no, I’m not super writer, I’m not Stephen King, and I still have to work hard to get what I want. That’s good, and it’s also good that I can handle the reminder and learn the lesson.
#1 New Opportunities
Y’know that old saying ‘One door closes another door opens’? Well, I’m going to apply that here. Entangled publishing doesn’t want it and that’s fine (in fact, it’s probably good for them, as illustrated by #3). It’s not like Revolutions has to sit around on my computer and be lazy. Right now I’m looking into self pubbing the story for Kindle and possibly Nook. It’s short enough to be just the right size for a free short story!
How about you guys? How do you get over rejection?