I was flipping around several ideas to regale you with this week, when a rejection graced my in-box. I scowled at it. I had queried the publisher about that particular short story a few weeks ago, which was a few weeks after their stated expected response time. I realize editors are busy people and always want to give them a little lee-way. I was told the story was “still under consideration!”
Whoa! I mean, under consideration. With a bangstick! That had to mean something. Right? So, I admit, I harbored some positive thoughts. I didn’t crumble. What irked me was the impersonal nature of it. Yes, I know, form rejections are expected, but after all that I expected a hand-written note, or at least a little personal message.
For the most part, I do okay with rejection. I have a pretty thick skin. It’s something you need to develop when you put yourself and your work out there in the public eye. Not that I’m impervious to rejection. Every piece I send out I do so with cautious optimism; prepared for the worst, hoping for the best.
About now I’m guessing you’re starting to wonder about the whole pumpkin analogy, right? Thinking I lured you in with promises of pumpkin pie smothered in cool whip. Mmmmmmmmm
What? No. No pie. Just pumpkins.
See it now?
Fine, perhaps not the best analogy. Especially since, once carved, those beautiful pumpkins don’t last all that long. Maybe I was just in the mood for pumpkin. Or cool whip.
Whatever the case, rejections always sting but the story will be headed back out to the next market on my list after it gets a quick look-over.
Have a great weekend. I’m going to go and experiment with caramel infused whiskey recipes now.