Thursday, April 1, 2010


Well, I got my first rejection this week.

It was kind, and personalized, and a rejection.

I'm very glad that the person who asked for the partial did so, and took the time to read my work. I'll keep tweaking, and getting better, and researching homes for the manuscript.

And just for today, I'll hug the rejection close, and revel in it. Because after finishing and polishing your manuscript, rejections are the next big step towards getting published. I just took that next step.

Onward and upward folks! Keep at it, and eventually we'll get there!


  1. Well, congratulations, I guess! Sorry it was a rejection, but at least you know your work is good enough for someone to ask for a partial. At least you weren't just rejected outright! Keep on keeping on.

  2. Lol! Thanks!
    I'm keeping keeping on. Feel like a REAL writer now, what with the first rejection to put in my rejection collection

  3. Sorry to hear about the rejection. It's great the way you're viewing it. Upward and onward. :)

  4. Sorry about the rejection. Great attitude, though: cherish it and move forward :)

  5. Sorry to hear about the rejection, but that it was personalized is great! And you've got a very fantastic--and TRUTHFUL--way of looking at it =)

  6. OOh awesome! How exciting. I mean, sad too, but also exciting! Next steps are always fun!

  7. Great post - it reminds me of my favorite Theodore Roosevelt quote, "
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly . . . who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

    Onward to victory for you!

  8. Stay positive, Merissa. It's the only way to make it in this industry! I once had a friend who congratulated me on a rejection stating that in order to get a rejection you had to put your work out there, and putting your work out there is what it takes to get published. Keep at it and you'll eventually find the agent/publisher who appreciates your voice and your style!

  9. You guys are absolutely right! And fantastic quote Heather--I love it.
    Thanks for all the encouragement. It may be a positive step forward, but the encouragement makes it pinch a little less. :)