It just occurred to me that this is like a simulcast, being offered on “Artistry With Words” as well as my website. How cool is that? Well, not very cool, but I thought I would mention it.
Let’s start with a quote and then get moving to the subject of the day.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The biggest hurdle is rejection. Any business you start, be ready for it. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the successful people do all the things the unsuccessful people don’t want to do. When 10 doors are slammed in your face, go to door number 11 enthusiastically, with a smile on your face.”
John Paul DeJoria
Yes, the dreaded “R” word…rejection.
A SHARE OF THE DAY
Let me share a “good rejection” with you. I just received this lovely message this morning from agent Janet Reid in Seattle:
Thanks for writing to me about your work.
I’m sorry, this is a pass for me.
Right now my list is very full, and I’m fortunate that business
is very good so I have to pass on projects that are not only
good and publishable but ones I really like. That’s a good
problem for me, but it just stinks from the writer’s
viewpoint, yes indeed it does.
I strongly encourage you to query widely. Other agents have more wiggle room
on their lists and are able to take on more than I can.
Please think of this as redirection to another agent, not rejection.
Very best wishes to you!
FinePrint Literary Management
Why am I so happy with this rejection?
Well, first of all, this is not a form letter. Janet took the time to write a personal note, and believe me when I tell you that this is very rare.
Secondly, she implies that my book, Resurrecting Tobias, is not only good but publishable. That is music to my ears.
Third, she gave me directions to keep sending queries out. In other words, she thinks the book has a chance of being published if I’m diligent and persistent.
TIP OF THE DAY
This will be a short one: don’t give up!
Believe in what you are doing and do not let rejection stop you.
SITE OF THE DAY
Hey, the website problems have been solved, so if you would like to follow the website, go to www.williamdhollandauthor.com and sign up. I’d love to have you there.
And if you are already here (remember, this is a simulcast) then note a new page on the website….I am not in the “writing coach” business. If you are interested in getting an honest appraisal of your writing skills, and some tips and suggestions to get you on track, then drop me a line and we’ll get started.
PROMPT OF THE DAY
I hope this picture will shake loose some cobwebs in your creative brain and set you on the track to productivity.
THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY
But you can bet I’ll be back early next week with more of that thing I do.
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”