Today I received my very first form rejection letter from a publisher I queried back in December for a picture book manuscript. It makes me smile.
Here’s why, contrary to common sense, I am happy about this.
- Although it isn’t the best possible outcome, it’s the outcome I expected with my first attempt. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned since I sent out my first manuscript, and I’m eager to put that into practice with my next one.
- Having acknowledgement from a publisher is validation that I am a professional. The letter is a milestone in my writing career. I’m framing this puppy!
- I now have a concrete example of a submit-to-reply timeframe. Given that it was even longer than the publisher’s estimate, I know how vitally important it is to make sure that I’m submitting my absolute best.
- I’m more encouraged to query literary agencies that, if willing to take me on, can better market my work and help keep it from languishing in the publisher’s slush pile.
- I’m driven to identify my mistakes and learn even more about this process. I am confident that, eventually, I will succeed.
Are you as stoked as I am to try, try again?