Writers and authors who have been working on their craft for long enough know that rejection letters from publishers are normal and expected. In fact, if you don’t get them, then you’re not a real writer, because you’re not submitting, submitting, submitting. But getting rejection after rejection doesn’t make it any easier to take.
Except when the rejection letters start turning into positive rejections.
What do I mean? Well, they’re not the standard “thank you for your submission but we won’t be offering publication of your manuscript at this stage”. Instead, they become more personal, with comments about your work in the letter. And editors only do this when they recognise good writing.
I got one of those today and boy, am I bouncing off the walls. It was from a major publishing company in Australia, which makes it even better. They said that although they could not offer publication, their editors feel that my manuscript has “real promise”, and they hope I won’t be discouraged and will continue to try and get it published.
Whooppee! That was for my junior fiction novel, “Seeing Dogs”. Just yesterday, I was thinking maybe I should abandon any idea of getting it published, maybe it was just not good enough. Now I have renewed energy and enthusiasm to find the right publisher.
The message to all writers is never give up. We hear it all the time, but sometimes we just need reminding. So here’s to a better future for “Seeing Dogs”. May it find a publisher in 2007.