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Floored by Rejections (in a Good Writerly Way)


Here’s another old post from my old blog. Still importing, and lots more posts from the vault still to come.

I take it as a distinctly good sign that the rejections I receive as a writer are getting more and more flattering. It’s just got to be good.

A few months ago I entered three things into the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) contest. I didn’t place in any of the three categories, but did receive two critiques on each piece, which offered some suggestions and things to think about, as well as some positive feedback.

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For the Uninitiated (On Publishing)

Note: This post is a bit outdated, but still.

publishingimagesNot that I’m particularly initiated myself, but it did occur to me today as I told people about my awesome weekend, that a lot of people who aren’t writers and aren’t in the publishing business don’t really know how it works, just as there are plenty of lin es of business that I’m clueless about. People who knew I went to the conference this weekend asked me things like, “Do you have an agent?” and “Did you sell your book?”

Well, it doesn’t really work that way. So I thought I’d try to give a little idea of how I *think* it all works, from what I’ve read, learned in classes and workshops or otherwise gleamed from other writers. I am certainly not any sort of expert.

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An Amazingly Awesome Weekend

pnwaindexThis past weekend I went to the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) conference. It was incredible.

Let’s get the one tiny bit of bad news out of the way first. When I got home and checked my email, the first one I had was a rejection email from an agent. Months ago I went to a public reading and read the first chapter of my book, and someone I met there passed my name along to an agent, and so I sent in that same first chapter to that agent, who decided to pass on asking to see more. She wrote me a nice, personal note on my submission though. From what I’ve heard, it’s definitely a good sign to get personalized rejections.

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