Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Rejection

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.

2 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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