We recently received a form letter rejection of ENHANCED from an agency based in Tacoma, where 41″ of rain fall every year. That’s 2″ more than the national average, and doesn’t even count Tacoma’s annual 4″ of snow.
My point is that Tacoma is green. Emerald green.
A reminder: When Robb and I embarked on the Big Game Agent Safari, I decided to commemorate each rejection by making something beautiful.
“Wait. You’re planning on rejections? Why? Don’t you believe in your book?” You, incredulous
Careful, now. If you weren’t so supportive, we might think you were trying to undermine our confidence. Yes, we believe with both our hearts (that’s right, we’re Gallifreyan) that Enhanced will earn traditional publication. Yes, we are planning on receiving rejections.
“There will be rejections.” Every. Published. Author.
Sure, rejection is disappointing. I could wallow in self-pity and doubt — I know how to do that. But it’s not helpful, and it doesn’t feel good. It’s much more productive to accept the agent in question isn’t a perfect match for ENHANCED, and move on. It’s liberating to celebrate the courage to put our work out there; I choose to make something beautiful as a reminder of our accomplishments.
Besides, making things — being creative — stimulates your brain to produce serotonin; you can’t help but feel good.
This makes me feel good.
So, here’s to the emerald greenness of Tacoma and all the happy little bluebirds — and grouchy hulking seabirds — that fly beyond its rainbows.
Someday, so will I.