Monday, April 29, 2013

Gratitude Monday - Kind and Helpful Rejection

I've received two personalized rejections from publishers lately and I am grateful.
This is not so common.
They each contained suggestions for the work. One pointed out structural difficulties while the other noted some missing words, some awkward sentence structure, and suggested the work needed reworking.
This is wonderful.
The editor who sent the first rejection wished me luck and noted she was intrigued by my concept.
This is good for the ego. It means I've piqued interest.
The second rejection came from the publisher's desk and invited me to resubmit if I rewrite it.
This is great.
The feedback I have received helps me.
I'm running off a hard copy even as I write this as a third publishing house contacted me over the weekend asking to see the full manuscript.
It is my job to ensure what I send is clean and sensible.
I'm on it, and I am grateful.


Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, this all sounds very encouraging!

And good for you for welcoming constructive feedback; some writers are too prickly to see the value in it.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Crabby. It's meant to help me, and it did.

Hilary said...

That is a good kind of rejection for sure. I remember Frank talking about that sort of thing when he was involved with Absolute Write. Too many people don't realize the great value and kindness involved when they take the time to offer their experienced advice. It doesn't surprise me one bit that you are grateful for this gift.

messymimi said...

And i'm glad, too, because it means i'm closer to being able to read it someday.

Tabor said...

What great news...getting constructive feedback instead of just rejection! Looks like your work is most appreciated. You will have to let us know when it is published.

Chris said...

Congrats. Getting any response at all is a huge victory!

Red said...

Well, done! Congratulations. I wish you luck in the next step.

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, I cringe when I read about writers dismissing the advice freely given by editors. It's so sad.

Thank you, Messymimi.

Chris, thanks and yes.

Thanks, Red.

solarity said...

Yes, along with messymimi I appreciate this step forward!

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Frank Baron said...

That's the right attitude, Leah. Personalized rejections are increasingly rare these days with editors swamped with subs. Good for you and good luck placing the work.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Frank. I went over the ms again. So glad I was told about the problems.