Rejection; or How I Officially Joined the Writer’s Club

Today, it happened.

I received my very first rejection on my manuscript. And you know what? I’m totally cool with it.

Before I sent my first query, I was petrified of what rejection would be like. Even though it’s not about you, personally, it is totally about you because you just sent something deeply personal to a stranger for review, and they rejected it.

I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t just a shade sad. Even though I 100% expected it, finally reading those words did leave a little ache.

If I’m honest, I wasn’t at all prepared for this query. I didn’t even know HOW to write a query, let alone what formatting I should use, how long my synopsis should be, or what exactly I was doing. I did it anyway.

Though I won’t be sending out any more queries until I’ve excavated myself from Revisionland, having the first one under my belt makes me feel better about the process. I’ve queried. I’ve been rejected. I lived.

Now I’m going to listen to the Gatsby soundtrack, work on making business cards, and sweating it out over whether or not I’ll get an internship I’ve applied for.

Oh, I guess I can do this now:

Queries sent: 1Rejections: 1

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7 responses to “Rejection; or How I Officially Joined the Writer’s Club

  1. Congrats on the official first šŸ˜‰ Supposedly you have to be able to wallpaper a bathroom with rejections before you’re in the clear…but hopefully not.

    • onegirlvaudeville

      I shall remain optimistic. And if not, I’ll have the most depressing bathroom in the world.

  2. Rejections can average 50-100, but there is the independent house route too, which doesn’t require an agent. I’m with a small publisher and so far like working with it. I wish you lots of luck!

  3. I’m seriously so proud of you. I took myself away from facebook land for awhile so I’ve missed your updates. I think it’s huge to take that first step and rejection is totally part of the process. You are amazing. Miss you twin.

  4. Shelly Tennyson Taylor

    I wish you the best of luck. You have a revision down. Don’t wait get another query out there! You can do it…!

    • onegirlvaudeville

      Actually, I don’t. Well, I’m starting to, now, but at the time, I hadn’t revised at all except the surface edits I did before submitting. I wasn’t joking when I said I was completely unprepared.

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