Well, the title says it all. I’m not in the least bit bummed about it – they are part of the game. When you’ve been as plugged into writerly culture (if such a phrase is even the correct term for it) as I have been you understand that rejections are part and parcel of the whole deal. If you’re not getting rejections you’re not sending out work. Gotta go through a lot of ‘No’s to get your ‘Yes’. And so on, etc.
So the first thing I did was send out some more queries. To be honest I’ve no great expectations for this first novel. I don’t really think it’ll ever see the light of day (from a publisher anyway) but I wrote the thing so I’ll be damned if I’m not going to submit it to hell and back before trunking it. I did the work, the least I can do is send it out into the world and see if anyone will give me money for it.
In other news (which is to say not really news at all) I’ve been slowly poking at my new WIP, seeing what pokes back and what fades away into the nether reaches of my brain. Hopefully I will have an outline to work from ready in a month or two, and in the meantime I’m still waiting for feedback from some beta readers on Thief of Souls.
As an aside, if you’re a writer and not getting everything you can from the internet there are a few things I suggest.
-Listen to podcasts about writing. Two of my favorites are Writing Excuses and I Should be Writing. You probably have a commute of some kind, or at the very least 20-30 minutes a week somewhere. It will do you good. Trust me.
-Check out Absolute Write. The forums are a veritable treasure trove of information on everything from plotting to prose to agents and submitting. I’ve had nothing but good experiences there and the people have always been willing to help newbies. That being said, as with any forum read the FAQ first. Many things are covered and have handy links. It’s worth the time to peruse.
I can’t think of anything else pertinent to say so with that I will sign off!