You see the thing is writing is the easier part. Anyone can sit down and write. We are all writers. Believe me it doesn’t matter how bad your spelling is or whether you fully understand grammar. Everyone can write be it shopping list or school essay.
Now writing to be published or getting published that’s the hard part. It’s all down to personal taste.
Sorry, did you say personal taste? We are still talking about writing here?
Yes, we are. It’s all down to the personal taste of the editor, publisher and agent, or whoever you’re sending your work to, or is it?
Now I’ve just suffered a rejection.
Thank you for your kind thoughts and condolences, but it all part and parcel to being a writer who dares to send off their work for another to cast their critical eye over before giving it the thumb up or down on.
In my case it was returned with some great feedback. Though it did leave me feeling a little puzzled.
“I’m really sorry to say that at this time…. You write extremely well and the premise of your story has strength. However, we have to think very carefully before taking on a new writer…. Since our company began in the 2014 we have honed our skills and taken the company from strength to strength. During this process we have learned where our talents lie and at the moment do not feel we could do justice to your work.
Please do not be disheartened by this reply. You are a great writer and I am sure you will find success in this area.”
Okay, so that’s great feedback, but it left lots of questions running around my head. If I’m such a great writer, does this mean I’m too good for them, and if so, what does that say for the authors they have published?
While I start hitting the keyboard again, dear readers think twice before sending off your submissions because you might find yourself in the same situation as me.
You might be just too good for the publisher you’re submitting to, but take heart, it could mean you’re a great writer too. 🙂
Best wishes and happy writing,
Paula R C