I Got My First Rejection and I Feel Fine
August 21, 2013 § 6 Comments
For the most part.
And Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston talks about the value of writing.
August 21, 2013
On Saturday I heard back from the agent I pitched to at RWA13. It was a very gracious “I’ll pass” email.
The strange thing is, I’m not even upset about it. I know this is part of the process and I just have to keep on keeping on.
Plus, I have wine.
And a new exercise bike.
And my cat still loves me.
Or, she loves my books, anyway.
Even though I really liked this agent and had hoped she’d connect with my voice, I know that I’ll be paired with the right agent at the right time.
One thing I did learn from pitching to her is that my manuscript is twice as long as the normal word count for my genre. Yeah, all this time I was writing two books and I didn’t even know it. No WONDER it was taking so long to finish it!
So now I am working on splitting the novel into two. Back to the Hero’s Journey drawing board.
And now for some pep talks.
In this interview on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston said that as an actor he relies “heavily on the writing. It’s all about that.” (At the 19:30 mark)
Masterpiece Mystery’s Alan Cumming says that movies should be named as by the writer, not the director.
And author Mitchell Jackson, talking about his debut novel The Residue Years, says, “I’ve always felt an obligation to tell this story, which is why I stuck with it.”
Keep on keeping on.