Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Everyone Has a Rejection File

I heard that Shannon Hale saved all her rejections and had them laminated into one long ribbon. She rolls it up and takes it with her when she does school presentations. My friend told me that when she unrolled that paperwidth ribbon, it ran the entire length of the gym.

I have lots of orphan manuscripts. Picture books are a hard sell, so it's hard to stay motivated about submitting. I write a lot, but am sporadic about submitting. I want to send one submission a week, but it's easy to get sidetracked.

I get the nicest rejection letters. I don't save them all, but maybe I should. Rejection doesn't depress me, but it doesn't motivate me either. Maybe whenever I receive a rejection, I should send two submissions instead of one. If it's a really nice rejection letter, I could send three.

I read yesterday that everyone has a rejection file. I guess I'd better get started on mine.

Off to submit.

Linda Garner

My article called "His Grace is Sufficient" runs today in Your LDS Neighborhood. It's a compelling look at sexual abuse. You can get a sneak peek at it by clicking here.

1 comment:

Theresa Milstein said...

Shannon Hale is awesome. I think my ribbon would run the entire length of the school. Maybe the town. Maybe the moon.

I'm afraid to check.