Within a few weeks of each other, I got the best rejection ever from a small press and a revise and resubmit from an editor!
Both had negative comments about the same thing. Luckily, I’d started working on it after the rejection, and had some ideas by the time I met with the editor at a conference at The Highlights Foundation.
The meeting with the editor was part of a paid critique for the Eastern PA SCBWI conference a couple weeks ago. We spent the meeting time discussing what to do, what it needs, and it’s strengths. I was asked a few more times during the conference if I’m going to resubmit- I took that as a HUGE positive!
And now, as each day passes, even though I got a response thanking me for following up, and being swamped, I have doubts. Did I send it too soon? Did I not have enough eyes on it?
Those doubts creep in, like the darkness as a campfire slowly extinguishes.
I checked my phone often- did I get an e-mail yet? Now? Now?
So, what do I do? What should you do?
Get back to work on the next story, and wait. Patiently or not, you wait. (GIF)