You don’t have to be inexperienced to have your work rejected. Just today I was turned down twice, by two editors. In fact, it was worse. I had one proposal rejected — no reason given, and a written and scheduled piece killed by an editor — no reason given.
I’m sure there’s some explanation for the editors’ decisions, but I would like to know what it is. Is this the new trend to simply reject without explanation? How sloppy. I think anyone who works on a project — even a proposal for a project — deserves that much information, that much respect.
I’m going to tell you that rejection still stings, 32 years after my first book was published. (How is that possible? Don’t do the math.)
So rather than punching a pillow or pouring a stiff drink (the news all filtered in before 11 am), I went to the gym and walk-ran the treadmill for 33 minutes (but who’s counting), listening to my iPod shuffle. Funnily enough, it shuffled straight into melancholia. Why did you leave me? Please stay with me. How blue are you? It was perfect. I wonder if my wallowing burned extra calories? By the time I finished and headed to the mat, it shuffled upwards to some perky jazz.
Work is hard. I don’t mind that at all. Sometimes it’s so hard my head hurts, which isn’t a bad feeling. Finding le mot juste is worth the struggle. My work is hard too, because my industry is going through enormous shrinking pains, and editors are scared to invest in writers.
We all have bad days and good days. I’m hoping this day turns itself around. And I’m hoping all of you have a fruitful day.