Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Ah, bittersweet rejection. November of last year I finished writing a book. It's not a great piece of literature, not even better than average literature, but when I see what is already out there being published I truly think I have a chance. I like my fictional story of love between a black boy and a white girl, however as of now three people do not. Three rejection letters have graced my in box, and numerous others haven't even bothered with that. The one thing I like about those rejection letters, is that at least somebody besides my sister, niece, and a good friend have read a bit of my book. Rejection isn't easy to take, but as a gay man who grew up in the nineteen fifties and sixties, at least I was prepared for it. I was rejected by my grade school, by my Boy Scout Troop, and by more than a couple of straight boys back then. In each case I learned something, and found a way to keep going. So I am sure there are plenty more of those rejection letters to come. I'll just keep plunging forward, sending out two queries for every one rejection returned. In the meantime, I have to thank Mark for pulling me out of my funk over the latest rejection. Last night he made me watch a television show called Two Broke Girls. It made me hopeful. If something that horribly written can find a way to my television, I have a chance.


  1. Member of Alan's book clubJanuary 15, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    You are a very good writer Alan. Just seems like the crap makes it to books or TV. Keep sending it out - someone will see what a good writer you are and publish it! Can't wait to read it.

  2. Alan, ask JK Rowling how many rejections SHE got!!!! Now Rick says her new "adult" book stinks! In the end maybe you can set up a "blog fund" to get it self-published! Keep all your chins up!