I knew it was coming. I was prepared. I survived. My first major agent rejection. I say ‘major’ because it wasn’t one of the formulated emails that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ but more of a ‘let me see more’ followed by ‘I liked it a lot, but not enough.’ Those were the exact words. ‘I liked it a lot, but not enough to offer representation.’ I have to say, it was kinder than expected and whether it was sincere or not, I always tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. Plus, it’s easier on the ego. There wasn’t a plain ol’ just not interested or even worse, no response at all. All in all, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but of course it still stung a little, especially when this literary agent was someone I respected a lot.
This is a journey. I know this and I’m ready for it. This manuscript of mine is my heart and soul and I only want someone who will love it as much as I do representing it. This book has been with me for two years, revised and edited beyond original recognition. Workshops and strangers have read it and gave their honest, and sometimes painful, feedback. Now, it’s being looked at by writers and friends I trust the utmost. All of these thing just make it better…it makes ME better.
There are some people who think writing is a competition, who can write the fastest and get there first. I was never one to force myself to first place when the job wasn’t well done. I prefer to go at it slow and steady and know I exhausted myself in training so that I will finish the race with my head held high.
(P.S. The giveaway for the two signed Veronica Roth books is still going on for the next four days. Comment in the ‘Welcome’ post below this one for a chance. 🙂 )
That sounds so silly, but yes, I welcome you to my new website. There are a few areas of the site that are still a work in progress, but after my nephew (who is 17 and did this site completely from scratch while dealing with his neurotic Aunt) worked so hard, I was excited to share.
What am I doing here? Well, I wanted a place to blog about my adventures in the writing world, and the road to publication (I hope!) Plus, I read a ridiculous amount and wanted to share my love of that as well. I’m sure you’ll see plenty of whining and hystericalness from time to time, along with mindless babble on a variety of topics. It sounds riveting, doesn’t it? IT WILL BE.
Anywho, to welcome you all here and encourage you to join me on my journey, I’m having a giveaway. A copy of BOTH Divergent and Insurgent, signed by the author Veronica Roth. If you haven’t read the first two books of this series, here’s your chance. If you have, well…Four misses you.
So, leave a comment and tell me about you (or just tell me to buzz off.) Follow me here or on Twitter @ImMelly2 and I’ll announce the winner on August 1st.