Monday, March 4, 2013
Pet Peeve about the Rejection Process by Harlie Williams
Hi, I'm a newbie author so my pet peeve will be short, sorta of. When I wrote my short story, The Couple, I had originally wrote it and subbed it for an anthology call. You know the feeling, right? The waiting for the call whether its been accepted or not is agonizing for any writer, published or not. Well, I didn't get the call but a form email stating that it didn't make it. Professional and to the point. Okay, I get it. But the pet peeve that I had with this rejection is that the call was put out by one of my crit group leaders and I was expecting some feedback as to WHY it was rejected.
I had put it through the rounds in my crit group for weeks and I got some really good feedback from other authors. Some good and some bad. Again, I get it. Some people loved it and some people hated it. No problem for me. I had read some pretty bad stuff in my crit group but I always crit with sugar and spice in mind.
What really bugged me and still does over a year and a half, I'm still wondering why it was rejected? I expected something in the form of, you need to work on your POV; your voice isn't what we were looking for; its not sexy enough, etc. I wanted that personal touch since I personally knew the author that put the call out. I don't miss any sleep about it but I still wonder to this day.
On the upside of the rejection, I forced myself to take writing classes, buckle down in my crit groups and keep writing. But the biggest upside is that I re-worked the story and signed up for a pitch contest. I did my research on what publisher(s) to pitch my story to since it was less than 5k. Muse It Up won.
I was so nervous when I pitched to Lea that day. I'd never pitched a story to anyone before but Lea put me to ease at once. The feedback that I received from her that day and beyond has been invaluable to me. Going through edits was a breeze for me. I know, I'm weird but I loved the editing process.
I know that rejection is sometimes a hard thing to swallow but for this newbie author, I welcome the feedback, good or bad. It only makes for a better writer in the end.
So what are your thoughts on the rejection process?