Good News

My romance novel made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Contest!  In the first round they read my pitch and liked it so now I’m advancing with 399 others to the second round.

The second round reviewers will read my excerpt (and the other 399 excerpts) and the top 100 will be moved to the next round.  I’ll know more on March 12.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  I think my romance novel is really good. 

The GRAND prize is $50,000 plus a publishing contract.  Some other finalists may receive publishing contracts too.  First Prize winners get a publishing contract and $15,000.  There are a whole bunch of other prizes too.  I’d love to get either the grand prize or a first prize.  The money would be awesome to say the least but the exposure would also be incredible. 

Realistically, I’m not holding my breath but I am hopeful.

I finish writing my grant proposal and submitted that.  Now it is a wait and see as I don’t believe they notify until the end of the year. 

The new editor from a publication contacted me and asked for articles.  It is nice to have this happen as it shows an appreciation for my writing even though they don’t pay.  I sent her a few articles. 

In the mail yesterday I got my copy of the calendar from (Scars Publishing) that has one of my poems in it.  Every time I see my poetry published somewhere it surprises me – in a great way.

Now I just wait for the rejection letters… “If you aren’t being rejected regularly, maybe you’re not trying hard enough.” Kathy Ireland.

Kick in the Pants

I’ve been getting a lot of rejections and mostly I can take them but occasionally I feel like I’m just not getting it.  There is a tinge of discouragement.  Then something will happen – someone will say something or I’ll get a piece accepted – and I feel like I am getting it.  I watched the Talk when Kathy Ireland was on.  She made a statement that really touched home with me.  She said, “If you’re not being rejected regularly, maybe you’re not trying hard enough.”
In writing rejection happens more often than acceptance.  This statement made me realize that I’m not getting rejected daily and I get a handful of rejection at a time.  Maybe I’m just not putting enough of my work out there for consideration.  Maybe I just need to remember everything I’ve said about writing and rejections and keep moving forward. 
Every rejection is a new opportunity.  It gives me a chance to submit that work somewhere else.  It offers me an insight into whether I want to submit work to the publisher again or not.  Instead of whining about being rejected, I need to dig in my heels deeper and submit to even more places. 
I’ve read it, heard it from others, and now with this statement of Kathy Ireland’s it just drove the point home for me.  Rejection isn’t the end of the process; it is just the next step in the process.