I woke up this morning to find a peculiar email in my inbox. I frowned at the title, terribly confused, before clicking through to find a second rejection for the novella I submitted months ago. It had a full request back then and I got a lovely personal rejection as well.
And yet there I was, reading a second rejection for the very same novella, despite not having submitted it again, or even giving it a thought for the last several months now.
Anyways… OH MY GOODNESS it was an amazing rejection. I don’t mind getting double negatives if they feel this good. This came from a different editor at the same publishing company, and he said that I’m “a strong writer with an engaging voice”, and he hopes I’ll submit other pieces. The premise didn’t hook him (totally relate. It was flawed and I knew that before I submitted), but in my mind, that just means I need the right story, the right characters, premise, etc.
This rejection came at the perfect time for me, as I begin rewriting TCM. It’s given me a lovely boost of confidence and a bit more belief in myself as a writer. I can do this, I just have to keep working at it.
Now if only there were more hours in the day…