Writing is my life. Life is my hobby. ~Emma Lai

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

First Rejection

Well, I received my first rejection today. No, I'm not feeling down about it. I'm actually relieved. I'm not good at waiting, which makes being pregnant interesting...40 weeks, really? Anyway the rejection allows me to move forward. I'm going to lengthen the story and send it back out. Not sure where yet. I was also waiting to hear back from this particular house before submitting a full-length story. Now, I have a fair idea of what I need to do before submitting it.

12 comments:

Kaye Manro said...

Hi Emma -- Sorry to here that. Yeah, I do know exactly what you mean. It can be a relief sometimes just to hear back. And then, we can work on subbing to another pub. It took so long for the big N. to get back to me on a novel I subbed, I was just happy to get the rejection letter! But now, they have one of my novels in edits, and that feels even more tense! Probably won’t see that one out for at least two years. That’s the way of it, and why I usually don’t talk about my MS until I know for sure when, or if a novel will release. And I do learn from rejection. Rejection is so much a part of a writer's life. Esp. if we sub to the big pub houses, like HQN! Writing, rewriting, submitting, rejection, resubmitting, editor edits—it is such a long process. And it still doesn’t mean we can sell our next book to them! Wonder if that’s why they call it the long road to publication?

Come on over to my blog and visit with Nocturne author, Caridad Pineiro. She'll be there through Wed.

Emma Lai said...

Thanks Kaye! I just had an idea on how to turn the short into a series so I'm pretty excited actually. I always like getting new ideas!

Mary Ricksen said...

Hopefully you got some good feedback from them. But plug on you will get there. I know you will! Then we'll meet and happy dance together, okay?

Catherine Bybee said...

We all have our share of rejections Emma. Hang in there!!!

Christina Phillips said...

Emma, (((Hugs))) on the pass, the only good thing is they didn't keep you waiting forever. And that's so exciting you have plans to turn this one into a series!

Sarah Simas said...

I'm sending good thoughts your way, Emma. Just relax and take it easy. Pregnancy is stress enough! lol I love how you made something positive come out of this. Very inspiring!

Skhye said...

Sorry to hear about the news. :( But you've got ideas on how to twist/tweak it. WOOHOO! Go, girl!

Emma Lai said...

Mary...there was no useful feedback. We liked it but it didn't meet all of our criteria. No specifics on what criteria exactly. Next time I'm near your side of Florida, I'll let you know. This year's trip has been canceled, but there's always next year.

Catherine...thanks for the support.

Christina...hopefully you'll receive better news than me from them, and soon! :)

Sarah...thanks for the thoughts. I love being pregnant, but it does indeed have some very stressful moments associated with it.

Skyhe...thanks for the cheerleading!

Helen Hardt said...

Hi Emma, I'm glad you're feeling okay about this. We've all been there, unfortunately ;). It's part of this subjective path we've chosen. Not always fun, but always a great challenge!

Helen

Emma Lai said...

Thanks, Helen!

I actually feel like I've earned a badge. Is that weird? It's hard to truly appreciate contract offers without having experienced rejection I think.

The age old question...if there was no bad in the world, how would you know the good?

Shelley Munro said...

I'm sorry to hear about the rejection, but I hear you when you say you're pleased to know the result. I hate all the waiting and have become very impatient over the years. I'm doing agent subs at the moment, and I haunt my inbox. It's driving me crazy!

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for stopping by Shelley! I haunt my inbox whenever I have stuff out...which pretty much means always! :)