Over the weekend, Janet Reid wrote a blog post called Exclusives STINK. It was great, and I’m unashamedly stealing her wording because I can’t think of a better way to say this.
I suppose I could also say Rejection Stings. That’s true, too.
I have a whole lot of projects out on submission. Been having some success lately, too, with a few contracts currently pending. But for every “yes” there are a lot of “nos” and sometimes it wears me down.
I wade through hundreds of projects to find one I love. I work it over… sometimes a few days’ worth, sometimes I’m been back and forth with the author for a year or more. I carefully choose the editors to whom I’ll submit. Sometimes I talk up the project to editors on the phone. I finally send it out.
Then I’ll open my email and find a bunch of rejections.
And you better believe I take it personally. How can they not catch the vision? How can they not agree with me on how great this book is going to be? Why don’t they see it???
So don’t ever think I can’t possibly understand how you feel.