Thursday, May 20, 2010

How Many Rejections is Too Many?

Just a thought on this. We read all the time how many rejections those best-selling authors received before catching a break. But how many rejections is too many, before it's time to move on to the next project? A writer on Query Tracker announced that she received 115 rejections before obtaining representation. Would you hang in there that long? Would I? While I haven't received quite that many, I have received enough to make me think it's time to move on to my next project. And then I get a request for a partial, or encouraging feedback from an agent--just enough to convince me to keep shopping it out. So what about you? How many rejections before you call it a bust?

Monday, May 3, 2010


Yes, that's right. I'm tired of looking at it, tired of editing it, tired of tucking it in at night, tired of picking up after it. I'm constantly polishing it, making it shiny and pretty, and what does it do for me? N-O-T-H-I-N-G. It's ungrateful. I'm sick of pummeling it, and molding it, and fixing its cracks, and filling in its holes. I want it to just BE something already. I'm ready for it to be its completed, sculpted form, so I can start on my next project. Because my next project is going to be oh-so-much fun. Just like this one used to be. Only better. So this is what I propose:

One solid month. I will give it one more painstaking month of at least an hour a day of editing, polishing, smoothing. One more month, and then I'm done with this manuscript. Whatever it is at the end of the month is whatever it will be for the rest of its life.

Unless an editor/agent needs me to revise it. :)