The wonderful Cynthia Harrison (who has been a dear friend to this blog and supporter of my efforts) has published an amazing interview with Karen McQuestion on writing, rejection and the power of Kindle publishing.
I strongly recommend you read the entire interview at Cynthia’s website but I just wanted to include Karen’s comments about rejection here. Hopefully they will inspire and comfort you as much as they have inspired and comforted me.
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been rejected overall. Hundreds? Thousands? Maybe tens of thousands. When I first started out it was so painful. I’d try to find meaning in the words (if I was a talented writer and it was a compelling story why didn’t they want it?). There were several times, usually after a near-miss, where I’d get frustrated and decide I was through with writing. That usually lasted a day or two and then I’d get another “really good idea.” Now I put my best effort out there and take rejection in stride. No one owes me publication and every acceptance is a victory. I usually submit a shorter piece fifteen to twenty times before I decide to give it a rest. And after that I may revise and send it out again. Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing.
Cynthia is the author of Your Words, Your Story (a book that arrived in my inbox two days ago and one that I am really looking forward to reading!).