Just got word back from Harlequin about my paranormal romance novella submission:
“I’m afraid this project just doesn’t seem right for Nocturne Cravings….”
Yeah, this is the no fun part of the writing process. It sucks any way you slice it. No one likes being rejected. And no matter how many times it happens to you as a writer (this is not my first rejection letter by any means), it still stings a little every time. No matter what a professional, ‘big girl’ writer I think I am, there’s always this little sniff of ‘I sent them my baby and my baby isn’t good enough for them! Wah!’ Of course, I know it isn’t really like that. But your creative ‘inner child’ is just that – a child. Sometimes I find the best way of dealing with a rejection letter is just to let myself pout for a little while.
And then get back to writing.
I did learn something interesting from this recent rejection letter: the turnaround time was much faster than I’d expected. The editors had warned it might take up to six months to hear back. Instead, they got back to me in six weeks. Guess sometimes the publishing world works faster than one would think. Which made me want to keep up the pace of submitting.
Now I’m trying to figure out what I want my next big project to be. Should I go back and try to refine the original novel manuscript I finished last year? Or work on something new?
I feel like I’m in the process of auditioning all my creative ideas writer now – inviting each of them onto my mind’s stage to tell their story, and then seeing which I like best, which is the juiciest, which do I want to work with?
Now that the paranormal romance novella manuscript is no longer in the editors’ hands, if any of you, my friends, are interested in reading it, I’d be happy to share. Just email me and I’ll send it to you. I don’t post fiction online (for practical reasons, since I am aiming to get these things published) but I’m happy to share privately.
I am looking into other publication options for the paranormal romance novella, since Harlequin didn’t work out – I put enough work into it that I feel like I should definitely shop this one around a few more places, in addition to starting the next project. Maybe Carina press, since they take novellas? There’s a lot of options out there, and I realize I have more research to do.
And since the only cure for rejection is creativity, I’ve been doing some writing purely for fun lately. Doing so much writing for other people (I also recently got a paid nonfiction writing gig – more on that later) I’d kind of loss track of my own inner voices. So I decided to write down some of the stories I tell myself. I’m not sure if these stories will ever be shared, or if they’re even any good – and I don’t care. But I enjoy telling them. Currently I’m just writing down each plot in a straight forward, ‘once upon a time’ kind of way, the way you write stories as a child, and hand-writing them on big pieces of colorful construction paper (because that makes me happy). I highly recommend it. It’s a great boost for getting back in the saddle.
p.s And here’s a link to some funny, ‘it could be worse!’, rejection letters – I particularly liked the fake one from Harlequin