I Received Two Rejections in a Row This Morning
I feel like crawling into bed and doing nothing … instead I’m working harder.
Yesterday was a good day. I finished sculpting the next 3d model in my Kickstarter that is launching next month and then I chilled out and tried to play some video games as a reward. That part was hard, I was so blasted after a day of computer work that I could hardly form sentences to talk to my friend when he came over. I also sorted out a mess with my accountants, got a refund from them and then planned some future products of my Etsy shop.
I went to bed planning for today to be a day of equal value. I intended to start the next figurine model today and then when enough of that was done I’d maybe play an hour of video games and then go to a movie premiere with a friend.
So I woke up early this morning, made my morning drink, sat down, pulled up all of my self-published sales channels, lost my shit because I made a sale (it’s only $0.35, but hey I MADE A SALE) then I talked to my grandma – my morning ritual – and then bought a new ISBN number since it was on sale and I’m almost ready to self publish my next short story.
I was about to sit down and start sculpting for the day when I got an email. It was a rejection letter from one of the 35 agent’s I’ve queried. Ok, that’s not so bad. I marked her as rejected on my spreadsheet where I keep track of my submissions and then decided to go out to the cafe and work on my short story instead. A little change of pace, so to speak, after all of the arting yesterday.
Well, I sat down and worked on it, in fact I’m still sitting here at the cafe. Then I wrote a new story for Medium and then I put out a call for Beta Readers on my Instagram.
I intended to start working on the beginning a new short story, instead I’m writing this Medium story. Why? Because I got another rejection, this time from DAW publishing.
2 Rejections in as many hours. All with a head cold, a mild tummy ache, only about $20 dollars in my bank account, an ending apartment lease, an impending move to a new country because my current visa is ending… the stress is piling up and I feel like crying. Maybe I could just disappear, that would lessen the stress, wouldn’t it?
The urge to just go home, crawl back into bed and lay there for the day is strong, but I’m not going to do that.
No, I’m sitting here, working. I’m writing this story. I’ve got my notebook open with a list of agents I‘ve found and not yet queried, but will be by the end of the day. My short story is nearly finished, it just needs one more once over for edits and the cover to be ready to go. I cancelled my movie date tonight so I could stay home and work.
I could go hide, I could go frolic and watch movies tonight and have fun, but I’m choosing to use the rejections as motivation to push even harder than I was this morning. To put in three times as much work.
The agent rejection just means that it’s time to send out more letters. The rejection from DAW just means that I’m open to submit to other publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
The hours in the day mean that I have time to do it all. My lack of hours at work means I have more time to work on it all. My ending visa means I have a deadline to get shit done so I’m ready to hit the ground running when I get to New Zealand. My cold means I should stay inside bundled up … bundled up in front of my computer working. My computer, which, in my tiny apartment, is right next to the bathroom. Perfect for my tummy ache.
There’s no reason to stop working when you get a rejection. There’s no logic in quitting when you get two rejections.
Every No you receive can be turned into a Yes of some kind.
Yes I will write more query letters.
Yes I will publish a new story and build my readership.
Yes I will learn to market my own work better.
Yes I will create more content.
Yes I will keep writing the sequel to that rejected manuscript.
Yes I will push my sales channels.
Yes I will learn to edit better so I can push out more quality work.
Yes I will focus on finished not perfect so I can move on.
Yes I will keep going, because every no can be turned into a yes.
JLRose is an American fantasy writer, 3D artist and game designer living in Melbourne, Australia. She’s spent the past three years working on the first full-length book of The Galean Universe and has released the first short story of The Lockwood Series. You can download it below for free, and it’s now on Audible!