Getting rejections is when that same cute guy crosses the gym floor and asks the girl next to you—and then you have to hold her purse and watch as they fall in love.
Do any of these sound familiar to you?
"...just not right for me."
"I didn't connect with the main character the way I had hoped."
"I'm not sure how we can make this stand out in our current list."
I am an unpublished writer trying to get my YA contemporary coming of age story noticed. It seems like there isn't even ONE editor on the planet who is willing to take a chance on me.
But I know I'm not alone. I read somewhere that only 2% of manuscripts get published. That means for every hundred novels an editor reads, they'll only pick two.
EGAD!!! I can't imagine having a job where I do 98% of the work for FREE.
I love my job. I'm a Nurse and it's very fulfilling, but I wouldn't do it for free.
Editors, I now realize, aren't people who start the day rubbing their palms together wondering which writer's dreams they shatter with a form rejection.
Editors are people who are SO in love with words that they're willing to slog through ninety-eight novels (think of the paper cuts!) not driven by a salary, but by the HOPE that they'll find a story to fall in love. Otherwise, what's the point?
So, while you're leaning against the refreshment table, trying to make googly eyes at the cute guy across the gym, remember he's looking to fall in love too.
I raise my glass to all the love connections that will happen this year. I hope you're one of them—and me too.