Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Vagaries of Rejection

I had to laugh this morning. I got a form R from HQN staffers for a book I'd sent them a query about months ago.

But I'd already received an R for the partial of this book--only the last rejection had a VERY nice personal letter from a HQN editor with lots of pertinant information about what didn't work for her and an invitation to submit more work.

So what would have happened if I'd just got the form R?

I think this goes to show how subjective the writing business is. A crap shoot!


NEVER NEVER NEVER QUIT--WINSTON CHURCHILL

(thanks Kathy Altman for my inscribed paperweight that I got for Christmas).

12 comments:

Bailey said...

Hmmmm, don't know what would have happened. There's a story in my book about rejections that talked about this man who took this little read high-fallutin' pulitzer book, copied it and sent it to the original publisher under another name. It got rejected. Go figure.

Great going on all of the writing you've gotten done today!!!!!

Shesawriter said...

I'll tattoo that one on my forehead backwards, so I'm forced to read it whenever I look in the mirror.

Tanya

Toni Anderson said...

I think I know what happened but it still proves a point. And I like the pulitzer story. :)

Tanya--easier to say than do sometimes right??

Meretta said...

LOL, Toni! Another anecdote for your collection for when you're famous, famous, famous and inspiring all the newbies to the industry!

Melissa Marsh said...

Ugh. Rejections suck no matter what. But I love the Churchill quote.

Bailey said...

Knew you would.

Hmmm, who should I be today? Okay, I'm doing writing exercises, so ...

Paula said...

Wild story, Toni. I like your upbeat attitude about it, though. And I've found that you can rarely go wrong quoting Churchill. ;)

Paula

Toni Anderson said...

Paula--I'm pretty fond of the old bufty, despite some of his more dubious political decisions!! I am in an upbeat phase just now. Feel like I have to do the stuff, i.e. the writing the craft, I have to be better to get what I want!!! Can always just blame editors!!

Kendra Clark said...

That's odd! And you're correct. It's all a crap shoot. Subjective and who actually dives into the slush.

Bailey said...

I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too. *g*

Still can't get to my blog!

Toni Anderson said...

I have a BIG dog--two of 'em

he he he!!

Stay here--you're mor than welcome :)

Bailey said...

Two dogs? Um, real big? I'll stick with the cat fights, okay?