Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dealing with Rejection

So, after about 15 minutes of wailing and gnashing my teeth I:

1. Pulled up an even leaner, meaner and all around better version of my MSS that I've been working on for the last month (In case this happened).

2. Found 8 publishers that it would work for, and to whom I currently have no MSS submitted

3. Subbed it to 5 of them (The other 3 will have to wait a few days, the kids intervened and I'm dangerously low on printer paper.)

4. Immediately felt much better. What can I say? Hope springs eternal, and I'll probably have a better shot with one of the bigger publishers. After all, the good small presses are just as picky as the biggies, but publish about 1/10 as many books.....

So, that's the Deirdre Mundy lesson on dealing with rejection as a writer -- get over it, submit more, and keep writing.... Not particularly original advice, but the only advice that works!

Now, to battle the evil dish monster... (The oven got ignored because the kids wanted to play ball...inside.... while jumping on the beds.... and I aided and abetted them....we also never made it to the lake, because the game wore us all out and we ended up collapsing...... But they're getting MUCH better at catching and throwing, so I'm calling it "Motor Skills Training.")


Nita9 said...

Testing...I always have trouble posting on blogs.

Nita9 said...

Hey, it worked!

I had to give a url so I typed in my cafe press store. Don't be offended by that Deirdre, I didn't have any other website to offer! And I didn't want to post anonymously.

Anyway, thanks for the words on rejection. I've been learning a difficult lesson. I've just spent a year submitting a project (actually it was a chapter book series idea). But I realize it's too hard for an unpublished author to sell a series. I'm getting another manuscript ready (a single this time) for the dreaded submission time. Hopefully this one will do better.

I plan to self-publish the chapter book series, but I'm nervous about telling other writers that. I shouldn't be, but I guess I'm worried about the stigma of self-publishing.

I like your posts on SCBWI, Deirdre. You're not afraid to speak out. And I agree with many things you say. I think we have similar moral/political ideals. (smile)

I'll check back again. Take care!


Deirdre Mundy said...

Nita - I think the reason so many authors are down on self-publishing is because it's so expensive! And most children's writers aren't known for their spare cash. =)

Also, marketing a self-published novel is pretty hard...

On the other hand, there are some writers who've had a lot of success going it on their own....

Josephine Nobisso started Gingerbread Books ( and her "Weight of a Mass" seems to be doing very well -- I think it helps that her work fills a particular niche that most traditional publishers aren't interested in...

(The ones who publish folktales don't want anything too religious, and the ones who publish Catholic books are going more for lives of the saints and other nonfiction, not folktales.....)

What's your series about?

Good luck on the new submission... I admit, I'm a bit of a providentialist when it comes to publishing. =) I figure that it's a miracle if anyone gets out of the slush. So I write as well as I can, edit alot, and submit alot....

Then I figure that if God wants something I write to get published at a particular house, he'll make it happen...

Sort of like the "Buy a ticket" God and the Lotto joke......... =)

Thanks for the kind words about my posts, btw... let me know how self-publishing goes... who are you thinking about using?


Nita9 said...

Hi Deidre!

My chapter book series is about a family of princesses. My critique group enjoys it, but unfortunately a chapter book series about princesses (called The Tiara Club) was recently published, which makes my work harder.

I'll probably self-publish with Lulu, since it's free, and it only cost $100 to get a book on Amazon with them. You just have to design and illustrate the book yourself, which I'm capable of doing.

I'm thinking - I'm not sure you can do this - but after I have the book self-published and bound with all the illustrations in them and stuff, I may re-submit the finished books to publishers. Maybe if they see the finished product, they'll like how it looks. Who knows. But I'll try it for a little while. (grin)

I like what you said about being a providentialist. I am too. And a pray-er. Weird thing is, I had taken one of my princess stories to a conference in March, where they had one-on-one crits with editors. I had thought the editor would like my story, but she seemed only mildly pleased with it. There's nothing wrong with it, but it just wasn't her thing.

I was terribly upset by that. But after I left the conference, I took out a promotional postcard another author (a published one) had given me that day. I hadn't really looked at it before, but when I did, I saw it was called "Do Not Despair". I sort of took that as a 'sign'. Of course, my books still aren't published, so I don't know why I shouldn't be despairing. But I still think it was significant and meant SOMEthing. I just don't know what. (grin)

Have a great night, Deirdre!