So Grief, Inc. and I got rejected again. This time, by an agent who I was sure was Ms. Right. I was pretty disappointed to get the form letter assuring me that just because my book isn’t right for her doesn’t mean it’s not right for somebody. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s hard sometimes not to write these people back and argue with them. Did you really read my sample pages? How can you not love this book? I love this book!! Other people..yes, people besides my MOM even…love this book! People have told me this book has changed their lives! Do you hear that form-letter-senders…my book is LIFE CHANGING!!! Ahem..sorry, got a little worked up there. I am glad for the positive feedback and to me that’s one of the most important reasons to get a lot of eyes on your writing endeavors. With Broken Warriors, I got some positive feedback, but also a lot of non-comments or comments along the lines that the writing was technically sound but they found it a little ‘preachy’ (which wasn’t the intent, but I get it, and which is why it’s getting a major overhaul). But with Grief Inc., almost every reader really liked it, which encourages me to keep trying. I know in my head that every rejection is one step closer to acceptance, and not to stop before the miracle, but it is easy to lose confidence and believe what it seems like the rejections are saying. I also have heard a lot of ‘wise’ advice about how hardly anyone gets published and even if you do, you can’t make a living at it, and blah blah blah. I decided to stop living other people’s ‘sensible’ advice
and start living my dreams as though they will come true. It certainly is a much more cheerful place to be. In the meantime, I will just content myself for feeling sorry for all the people who have lost the opportunity to represent the next Carrie Maldonado.