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30 September 2003 @ 03:45 pm
where's my rejection letter!  
Several months ago, Sarah and I were discussing the bewildering behavior of writers who shook their fists at the skies and cried, "Where's my rejection letter, dammit?!" I mean, why would somebody be demanding to know where their *rejection* letter was? Isn't that putting the wrong sort of vibe out into the universe?

I get it now.

It's not that they're shaking their fists at the sky and hoping for a rejection letter. It's that they're desperate for a *response*. An *answer*. *Any* kind of answer is better than the interminable waiting. If it's a rejection, fine, just get it over with and stop wasting their *time*.

I'm feeling that way today. All week, in fact; I'm expecting the mail to have a *response* in it. Since it's pretty much entirely the wrong amount of time for anybody to respond to anything, there's no logic behind this, but it's itching at me anyway. Where's my rejection letter!

I'm not actually /expecting/ rejection letters, mind you. I'm certainly not hoping for them. I'm hoping for insanely positive responses--we'd like to buy your book! That'd be good. Or, we'd like to buy your comic! That'd be good too. Or, please send us the rest of the manuscript! All good, and those are more what I'm expecting, because despite what I said earlier, there is something worse than the waiting, and that's the soul-crushing rejection.

I know, too, that publisher time does not work like writer time. Publisher time reflects an entire industry; writer time reflects the agonizing hopes and dreams of an individual. Publisher time has to consider will this sell? can we market it? who will buy it? while writer time is I need a response, I'm trying to build a career here!

I'm having a bad case of writer time, today.
 
 
 
Lady Doomlithera on September 30th, 2003 05:34 pm (UTC)
I got the opportunity to talk to and listen to Mercedes Lackey. She said the biggest key is to just sit down and start writing something else, anything else. Waiting for the rejection letter is apparently one of the biggest traps people get into. Just start writing something else.

I thought I'd pass that on.
kitmizkit on September 30th, 2003 06:39 pm (UTC)
*grin* Fortunately, I am in fact also working on stuff, besides waiting for rejection letters. Yeah, I can see that being an easy trap, now that someone's spelled it out. It's not one I'm actually in, but I can see how it'd be easy to get there. Thanks!
Lady Doomlithera on September 30th, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC)
No problem. I go to lots and lots of places where there are writers willing to talk about, well, writing. So, I am chocked full of good advice about how to become an author. Not that I can actually write anything worth publishing myself.