On Submissions and Rejections

As some of you know, yesterday I sent out my first query letters! I made sure to include one agency which said they responded within one week typically.

And so this morning when I got up, I had my first rejection letter!

You know what? It didn’t make me sad, or upset, or anxious, or any of the things I thought it might make me feel. It didn’t make me question my ability to write, or worry that my query letter sucked (who knows, maybe it does, but I’m not worrying about it just yet), it certainly didn’t make me want to throw in the towel and concede defeat.

If anything, I felt excited.

Yes. You heard me right. Excited.

I’m no longer the girl with 5 novels hiding away on her computer. I’m no longer the girl who isn’t putting herself out there. A rejection means I’m trying, I’m taking a chance and testing the waters and that is GOOD. I’m so excited!

Maybe after the rejections start mounting up I’ll feel a bit bummed out, who knows. I certainly can’t predict how I might feel, as it surprised me not to feel in any way negative about the first one.

For those of you have asked about where I’m sending them: at the moment I am trying my luck with agents initially. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll start looking at publishers and e-publishers etc. I’m querying outside of New Zealand, though I’m yet to have a really thorough look at what my options are within the country. We’ll see how it goes anyways, I’m certainly not holding my breath, but it’s a great learning curve to be on 🙂


13 thoughts on “On Submissions and Rejections”

  1. Hey, kudos to you regardless. That is exactly the attitude I believe anyone, who actually wants to succeed, should have! Don’t let yourself get bummed even if they do pile up. I’ve read a lot about publishers and agents, most haven’t seemed too writer friendly, which is sadly ironic.

    1. I’ve read plenty of blogs and stuff and they sound like people to me 🙂 Their job isn’t easy.
      And I think you’re right – this is the attitude one needs! So pleased I have it, reassures me that I’m totally ready for this 🙂

  2. Thats great! Its good because now you have your first stepping stone to assist you in getting closer to your goal! Im glad your not bummed about it, but if you should receive another one, just think…..”stepping stones”!

  3. Sounds like you’ve got an excellent attitude there. I remember an horse-riding instructor once told me that you weren’t a real rider until you’d experienced some falls. I figure it’s the same with writing – the rejection letters can be painful but they’re just part of the journey to becoming published.

  4. Nice work, J.C. The first rejection is always a breathtaking moment – sure, you got knocked back, but now you know people are out there, reading your work in a professional sense and judging it by professional standards. It’s pretty uplifting.

    Mind if I add you to my blogroll?

    1. I’d be honoured! I’ll return the favour 🙂
      I think it’s very uplifting, and I’m so pleased to be one of the submitting masses lol

  5. You’re correct 🙂 Though, if it makes any difference I’m half Australian lol my Dad’s family are mostly still in Victoria, though I’ve got some rellies in Adelaide as well.

  6. I can’t wait to be you. I’m working through my second draft of a novel I actually want published, aiming to begin querying next year… So envious that you’re at that stage already!

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