Waiting for responses can be so hard. In writing, it can be unBEARable (yeah, I just did that).
Why you ask? Well, we send our work off to an agent, editor, publishing company, somewhere, and we wait for a response. We HOPE for a “Yes! You’re work is incredible!” But we know the reality is we aren’t going to always hear that. In fact it can be quite rare. Many times, as I’ve personally discovered, and many writers have mentioned it happening to them, we NEVER hear back- not even a form rejection.
Let me give you some stats that I have over the past year from a picture book manuscript that went through a mentorship at Highlights Foundation, and left in sparking condition:
Sent to 35 agents, editors, small presses, and mentor/fellowships.
16 said no - 15 form rejections and 1 loved it but had to pass
13 no’s because of time, meaning they never replied, even after the three month nudge reminder
6 I am waiting to hear from
1 Revise and resubmit (I’ll be sending a friendly nudge soon)
That’s just ONE manuscript. There were to other PB MSs I sent out to a couple agents, but were either rejected or heard nothing. I did stop sending them after some critiques came back with the same issues. It also does not count the poems- single, groups, and chapbooks- that I’ve had rejected, as well as a couple short stories in the past year.
All told, I’ve had 35 rejections, and waiting to hear from 14.
It’s disheartening seeing those number. I was disheartened counting them. Twice. To make sure they are accurate.
The 29 that have said No to the one PB make me want to give up on it. It’s polished. It’s undergone some changes since April as two editors mentioned the same flaw, and both said how to fix it. One is whom I’m waiting for.
It makes you want to quit.
But, when you love something, and you believe in your work, you can’t. Ever.
So, you don’t. You keep at it and you just. Keep. Writing. And revising. And revising. And rev (okay, you get the point). And YOU SUBMIT AGAIN AND AGAIN!
Tomorrow is a big day.
It’s the reveal of a mentorship program for PB writers from #PBChat. The process of applying was incredible. Regardless of the outcome, it was a thought provoking application to fill out, one that has helped to push me along, and get me back into a writing groove (Even on here!). Tomorrow several PB authors (possible chapter book authors as one mentor was accepting them as well!).
I’ll just have to let you know.
But, for now, we’ll just have to wait.
How do you deal with waiting or with rejections? Let us know!