Dear Writer–your writing voice is very compelling, but your tone is more like romantic comedy, not a spicy read (if only I could have sent one sex scene–say I). And now the beat begins–what to do when the rejection isn’t about the writing, but the tone being wrong for the line I specifically targeted?
Moving Past a Lovely Rejection October 14, 2009
*First, I call my CPs who encourage me to zip the puppy out and query it to at least 6 other agents–the writing is strong–let an agent find a home for it. Fish for an agent… okie doke.
*Second, plan on the GH submission for said novel. Perhaps if it finals, more interest will be generated in it
*Third, throw a personal pity party complete with 80s music and red wine
*Fourth, wake up super early and hit the office hard
*Fifth, make a plan of action for the next 6 weeks
*Sixth, throw off the mantle of disappointment and remind myself that many very successful authors have suitcases full of rejections
*Seventh, develop a plan to make my blog more exciting (stay tuned)
*Eight, make time to read a writing friend’s MS
*Ninth, remind myself that I am in the water, the waves will find me and carry me to where I belong with my writing. I am NOT chasing trends. I must continue to search for the elusive, “something more.”
*Tenth, make time to send notes/emails out to the wonderful GRWA people and new friends I met at the MAGGIES/M&M conference
It is time to crack my mental whip and get rolling.