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August 29, 2008

The Sting of Rejection

Filed under: Writing — jambrea @ 12:29 am

On the heels of the good news comes the bad.  Today while at my day job I received an email from Samhain.  I clicked on it not thinking anything of it when I started to read it.  My stomach hit the floor and my eyes started to water.  I knew I had to stop myself because I work with all men and I didn’t want them to see me crying.   Yes it was the dreaded rejection letter.  So this week I had two first, my first contract and my first rejection. 


Now it is time to wipe my eyes, blow my nose and take the advice the editor gave me so I can find another publisher to look at my work.


Forever forward, that is the attitude I’m going to take. 


  1. They say you can’t know true happiness without knowing true sadness. They might be right but the sadness damn well SUX!!!!
    Hugs sweetie.
    But remember, you’re on your way, every step takes you further down the road to your ultimate goal.
    RC (who’s still waiting to hear)

    Comment by Rhian — August 29, 2008 @ 1:03 am | Reply

  2. I don’t think any writer is ever really a writer until we’ve gotten a few rejections-totally bites, I hate it, but we’re still stuck with reality.

    Don’t let it get you down, though.

    Comment by shilohwalker — August 29, 2008 @ 3:09 am | Reply

  3. Awww *hugs*

    I think you’ve got the right attitude – look at what the editor says and strengthen it and keep sending it out. Don’t let it stop you, Jambrea. You learn through the rejections – and remember not to take them personally.

    Comment by Leah Braemel — August 29, 2008 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

  4. I’m so sorry Jambrea! You’ve sold one book, so you know you can do it. Don’t give up.

    Comment by Greta — August 29, 2008 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  5. That’s right forward and onward girlie. Take the comments and use them, I know you will. BREATH, RELAX, AIM AND SQUEEZE. Yeah I know we’re not on the firing range, but you get where I’m coming from. Luv ya girl. 🙂

    Comment by Nette — September 2, 2008 @ 12:58 am | Reply

  6. Poor Jambi-Jo. Sorry to hear about this. . .I look forward to reading the letter from the publisher who accepts this book. 🙂

    Comment by Anthony Owens — September 2, 2008 @ 1:33 am | Reply

  7. Thanks everyone! I don’t plan on giving up this early in the game. 😀

    Comment by jambrea — September 2, 2008 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  8. I’m sorry, Jambrea. Don’t let this stop you though. We all get rejections, it’s a tough fact of life. Take a look at what the editor said, give your ms a thorough read through, revise if necessary and get it back out there.

    Comment by LA Day — September 2, 2008 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  9. Forward ever!

    I’m sure you will be giving up more good news in no time 🙂

    Comment by Joy Roett — September 2, 2008 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

  10. Thats the way to think,Keep going forward.Keep your chin up.

    Comment by Maggie J — September 4, 2008 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

  11. First a BIG CONGRATS on your first book contract! That is super! As for the rejection, it is part of the good, bad and ugly of this business. Most of us have had rejections. It stings, but your attitude is what will carry you to realizing your goals! This industry is so very subjective so keep on keepin’ on! And a loud WOOT for your first sale!

    Comment by Sally Painter — September 4, 2008 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  12. Hey Brea,
    Hopefully it will be the only one you ever get, but I look at it this way, Stephen King it is rumored, got a 1000 rejections. Yup, that’s a thousand. No typo. And look at him now, lol. You’re in good company girlie. You’ll get there. Great attiitude by the way! You go girl!


    Comment by jennifer M. — September 5, 2008 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  13. Well now you’re a real writer. You’ve got the sale and the rejections to prove it. But you should be damn proud of yourself because you’re in there submitting, which means you’re writing. Cheer up. No matter how far you get in this business, t here will always be rejections along the way. Just focus on the good stuff. 🙂

    Big hugs!

    Comment by Jaci Burton — September 5, 2008 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  14. {{{BIG HUGS}}}
    So sorry, JJJ. That is really heartbreaking, isn’t it?
    We’ve all been there, most more than once. As long as you’re strong enough to take good advice, and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite you will get there.

    Now eat some choc, drink some wine. Have a hot bath, a good cry, get a pedicure, and get back to writing!


    Comment by Jess Dee — September 5, 2008 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  15. (((((HUGS))))))


    Comment by megallison — September 5, 2008 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  16. Yes, follow Jess’ advice, eat chocolate, drink wine and have a pedicure! Love that advice.

    The good news is that you did get a contract! You are definitely on your way now! I’m sad for your rejection, but very happy about your other contract! 🙂

    Comment by vtibbs — September 6, 2008 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  17. I am not sure who it was but I once saw a story on TV about a Famous Author and I remember Them talking to the interviewer about how successful they were and he pulled out this huge folder and said Yea but this keep me grounded…the interviewer opened the Huge file and it was every rejection letter he had ever gotten….. everyone get them as I am sure you will get a few more….but, all that counts are the ones that make it thru ~winks~
    Good Luck to you Jam,

    Comment by Angela — September 17, 2008 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

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