What I Know From Three Rejections in One Day

IMG_20160723_165128What I Know From Three Rejections in One Day

Yesterday, I was so thrilled to see the names of literary agents, and publishing houses in my email Inbox.

Not as thrilled after I opened and read each one. Rejection of my book…three times in one day.

I am not devastated. A large part of me is relieved to have an answer from each of them. Now I know, who and what is not a possibility.

I still have one publishing house and one literary agent that I am waiting to hear from concerning the acceptance or rejection of my Army Brat Memoir.

I recall so many years ago while waiting to hear via snail mail whether various colleges had rejected or accepted me. I also recall the same reject or accept situation with various young men. Back then, the outcome of both of those situations held my self- esteem.

That is not the case now. I hold my self-esteem and it is not outcome dependent.

I am taking a screenwriting class now, something I knew nothing about prior to the class. I thrive on the challenge of new learning that is related to a passion of mine. An additional thrill is the application of that knowledge.

I bought and downloaded Final Draft (screenwriting software), learned how to use it, and have spent the past 3 mornings from 3:30 AM to 7:30 AM, sitting alone creating a screenplay called, “Leaving Home”.

I am not totally alone…our sweet kitty is in the chair next to mine. Her blissful morning rest provides the perfect energy for this new endeavor of mine.

I am not giving up on my book. I love the story of our young military family moving nine times before I was 15 years old. I love all the historical details I included from that era and all the stories from my 1961-1977 vagabond life.

The process of writing my memoir brought me to a greater understanding of myself and of my family. Through the writing, I forgave hurts long held tightly and then released. This release made room to accept…room to accept the rejection from the people and places where I am seeking either literary representation, or publication.

One of my Mom’s oft repeated sayings is, “Oh well, it’s either going to work out, or it isn’t”. With that pearl of wisdom, I too can rest and write today with perfect energy.


1 thought on “What I Know From Three Rejections in One Day

  1. Jemma-Tiffany Rosewater

    Have you considered self publishing your book? there are great resources available for self publishing. It is becoming much more common and authors can even make a full-time career from purely self published books. There is what is called independent authors publishing services, they provide editing, cover design, and will even self publish the book or teach you how to do it yourself. They are also book promotion services for self published authors.





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