Rejecting the Rejections

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This week was a rather interesting one on the twittersphere. A certain author, who shall remain nameless, apparently got it into her head to lash out at  someone who left her book a bad review. The backlash spawned over 18 pages of comments on Amazon, as well as massive commentary on blogs such as LKH Lashouts and Dear Author. Even Neil Gaiman mentioned it, so it’s clear the ripple effect was in full force. I followed it briefly, and stopped when the author made mention of getting the FBI involved for threats. Not because I cared about that, but just because it was starting to get silly – like watching a train wreck, I guess. On one hand, I feel pretty bad for her. No one likes having their work rejected, and Amazon is a pretty public place. On the other hand – as writers, that’s kind of the deal,… Read more

Rejection # 2!

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W00t. Actually don’t feel as bad about this one because I got a lousy vibe off the agent at the time. However, as far as rejections go, this one was pretty good too. My writing is good, my concept is fresh…but it’s not fast paced enough for Urban Fantasy. I did actually end up reworking my Chapter 1 this weekend. It’s not a rewrite – just a small reorg, and I think it really does help. So I regret having sent out what I had when I did, but not much point in crying over spilled milk now. All I can do is keep plugging away and see what happens. 🙂… Read more


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“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.” That’s about the best I could come up with tonight. I got my first rejection today – which isn’t as bad as it seems. It was actually a very nice rejection note, so I’m rather grateful for that. Better than just a “not suited for our needs at this time” kind of thing. On one hand I’m kind of relieved. That first one is over and surprisingly not that bad. I mean, sure, it stings, but she did say I was talented, so hopefully that… Read more