Rejection Never Felt So Satisfying

Like all authors seeking validation by gaining acceptance to an exclusive publishing house, I submitted “Unlikely Venture” in hopes of scoring a lucrative contract and promises of making the bestseller lists.  Fortunately, like a Band-Aid being yanked from a wound, two out of the three I submitted to rejected it right away, for a variety of reasons that were kind of evasive and basically not very constructive.  Part of this was my error, as I submitted to the wrong imprints with the publishers.  Oh well.  That’s when my Type A alter ago stepped in and convinced me to self-publish.

Courtesy of writersontheend.com

Courtesy of writersontheend.com

But what about the third publisher?

Well, the third one was a little behind the 8-ball. The editors requested the first three chapters after FINALLY approving my query. That was a couple of months ago, when I was on the path toward self-publishng.  I sent them anyway…couldn’t hurt, right?

Fast forward to this morning.  I scrolled through my emails to find a reply from the publisher. Here’s what I read:

Kristen,
Thanks for letting us take a look. Unfortunately, we have to pass. There’s something in the tone of the heroine that’s just a little to gritty for our contemporary line. We do wish you the best in placing this work.
Gritty?  According to Dictionary.com, “gritty” means “resolute and courageous; plucky.”
Hell, that kind of rejection is AWESOME!  I hate pathetic, damsel in distress heroines.  If that’s the kind of girl they want, yeah they’d be barking up the wrong tree with Jessica Latham.  It wasn’t meant to be.
But shame on me for not doing the correct research.  You see, I was embarking on a new business venture, seeking an investor without knowing if our end goals were in sync.  I assumed an established publisher would be able to reach my target demographic, just because they have deeper pockets and a larger distribution network.  But that’s not necessarily the case.  We don’t share the same vision and strategy.  They are looking for something I don’t offer.  Their response is very clear on that fact.  And the submission turned out to be a wasted effort on my part.  We wouldn’t be compatible business partners because we aren’t aligned in our objectives.
Lesson learned…resources alone do not guarantee an effective business relationship and researching potential business partners will ensure your product or idea gets a fair shot at evaluation.
And as for me, I continue along my path…as a sole proprietor. =)

Why Write Romance? Is It An Escape Or A Revival?

Relationships are hard.  That’s a shocking revelation, right?  They take work and dedication and tremendous amounts of patience, every day.  There’s never a break.  Most times, I’m happy to say things with Hubby click.  But on occasion, the edges fray a little and bickering ensues.  Chalk that one up to two stubborn Type As, lack of sleep and a gaggle of loud and whiny kids incessantly haunting us to play Super Mario 3-D World.  ARGH!!!!

Suffice to say, we’ve moved well-beyond the honeymoon.

Makes me think of a scene from Just Married.  Ashton Kutcher’s character Tom and his newlywed wife are on the brink of divorce after a horrific honeymoon in Europe.  He’s thumbing through a photo album with his dad, noting how happy his parents were in the pictures.  His dad reminds him that nobody photographs the difficult days and challenges. You can’t see the issues or aggravation that bridge you from one happy moment to the next.  But they’re always lurking in the background.  Some days are easy and calm and on other days it takes a heck of a lot more to get through, and you do it with a forced smile and clenched fists.  You put the effort in to catapult you to the next happy moment because it’s SO WORTH IT.

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That’s one of the reasons why I love to write romance.  Although the relationships are greatly abbreviated in a book, there are still ups and downs (normally much more dramatic than real life since I have to appeal to a reader audience and who the hell really wants to read about my day to day?).  But THE most fun part is always crafting the realization of why a couple chooses to be together, highlighting the forces that drive them to one another no matter what the obstacles, and the reasons why they are absolutely perfect as a unit.

I’ve been happily married for almost 14 years and I love that our story is already written, edited and published.  It provides me with all the inspiration I need to breathe life into my fictional world.

 

 

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