Carrie Maldonado – Author

I write books and blogs to inspire, encourage, and entertain!

Reject Moi?


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

Photo courtesy of Patrice Dufour,

Photo courtesy of Patrice Dufour,

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.


Author: Carrie Maldonado

Carrie Maldonado, is an organizational development consultant, author, and speaker. Carrie's eclectic mix of professional interests include writing, speaking, coaching, and consulting on topics ranging from organizational behavior management to spiritual transformation in and out of the workplace. Carrie lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her patient and long-suffering husband and their three children.

6 thoughts on “Reject Moi?

  1. Hey Carrie, I’m sorry about this. And I know how you feel. Honestly. I could probably paper a good-sized room with all the rejection letters I’ve accumulated. And not just from agents, but publishers, contests, magazines, you name it. It really is the nature of the business. That being said, there’s a really nice agent who gave me some real, honest feedback back when I really needed it. Email me if you’d like his name, and I’ll happily pass it along. Oh, and I’m one of those readers who really, really loves your book. It absolutely deserves to be published.

  2. Hello there Carrie, my thought were the same as above this little comment box, by Mary. I too can wallpaper many walls with all of my rejection letters, wishing me the best, but it was just not right for their publishing company. My son asked me why I kept all of the rejection letters in a file folder, and I told him it was because after all they took the time to respond to my submission. Some don’t even bother and they have the self address envelope to return to me. I suppose they need the extra stamps. Rejections merely raise me higher to continue onward. There is a blessing somewhere in all of those rejections. I’m here after all and meeting very talented people.. I consider that a blessing just waiting for me.

    Take care and keep moving forward I have faith in your talent… Happy blogging to ya…. 🙂

  3. So many agents will be kicking themselves someday. Your book really is life-changing- and who says a Mom can’t be objective!

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