Wednesday, March 31, 2010

If I Only Had A Shell ...

As nice, as constructive, as encouraging as a rejection might be, it's still a rejection.

The agent's/magazine's/ezine's response is sitting in your inbox, waiting, waiting for you to click it open...and in that moment just before you click it, the chance is still there, the potential, the possibility...until you see the "Unfortunately" or the "I'm sorry to say..." or, as in one memorable case, the words "Dear: Lady" scrawled on a form letter.

I know rejections are part of being a writer. I get that, believe me. But still, on the days I get rejections I wish I had shells like Larry and Mrs. Larry. I wish I could pull myself inside and hunker down and wait until it was "safe" to come out. Although, I guess I do have my own version of that - it's called the couch, ice cream, and a Law & Order:SVU or CSI: marathon.

Of course, I eventually poke my head out, look around, and head back to my computer. I look over the query or the flash piece. I research other agents/magazines/ezines, and I send my work out again. And again. And again.


  1. Hi fellow tortoise mom! Funny post. Not a pro writer here, but I see you have two...Redfoots?(Redfeet?) Mrs. Larry...HOW did that name happen? I've got two torts, Bilbo and Puka,we live here in Fl too.

  2. Hi, Rebecca - thanks for stopping by! Yes, L & Mrs. L are redfoots - my little hard shelled muses. I don't remember exactly how my husband and I came up with the names but we are aware it may, um, cause some confusion down the road... :)

  3. Hi, Madeline, I started to add a word or two about rejection when I responded to your sweet note, but didn't want to come off as a nattering nabob of negativity. It's awful. It hurts, and, sorry to say, it doesn't get much easier to accept. The only way to avoid it is to stop submitting your work. So rant, rave, and keep on writing. You're good at it. You'll only get better.
    ~ Johanna

  4. Thanks so much, Johanna! You're right that the only way to avoid rejection is to stop submitting my work, but there's no way that's going to happen. :)

  5. Ah, rejections. I store mine in the waste basket :-)

    (Onward and upward, Madeline!)

  6. I'm going to give your filing system a try, Cathy!