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Friday, 10 August 2007

Swift work

It wasn't quite by return of post, but my rejection was shamefacedly lying on the doormat when I got home today. The tell-tale plumpness of the envelope belied the contents even before I turned it over to see my own handwriting, so the rejection itself (a bog-standard compliment slip tucked cosily inside my spurned chapters) wasn't too hurtful. I was expecting to feel at least slightly crushed, but I have done no wailing whatsoever and my teeth remain ungnashed.
This was not the only agent in the world. Everyone gets rejections at some point. A 'no' doesn't necessarily mean the writing is bad. I have been thinking this week - yes, despite appearances, I do think occasionally - and I have realised that even if every agent and publisher in the cosmos were to tell me that they will never, ever allow another word of mine to enter the public domain, I would still carry on writing. Perhaps this is one of those situations where the journey is more important than the destination.
Here endeth the sermon.
(In case you're wondering, the rejection was disappointingly free of rubber-stamped messages.)

6 comments:

Papoosue said...

I like your attitude Viki - 'onwards and upwards' as they say!

Papoosue said...

I see you already have one but I've nominated you for another Creative Blogger Award! See my blog for details. x

Viki Lane said...

Thanks so much for the nomination - now my mantelpiece doesn't look lopsided!

Telmis said...

What the heck Viki... most people in the world don't get to write.

So we who do, are lucky.

There is a fine line, between getting published or not; we merely hover about that line ... a matter of time
john

Graeme K Talboys said...

Sorry you got a rejection, but you have a great and positive attitude toward it all. It will happen. The road may seem long and dusty at times, but you have to keep going otherwise all you will see is others passing on down the road and you will forever wonder what it is they get to see just beyond the horizon.

Also glad to see you have realized that writing is an addiction. No way of giving it up. ;-)

Viki Lane said...

Thanks for the support and encouragement, guys. You're the best.
xVx


With thanks to Graeme