5 PHASES OF WRITING (in summary):
Phase 1: The Excitement!
You shout, “This is the BEST thing since sliced bread! I LOVE YOU book! Go make it BIG.” (Click on picture for fun celebratory dance.)
Phase 2: Nervous Nelly.
Question you send to publisher, agent, editor: “Soooo did you love my book?” Followed by sweaty palms galore. (see, Chandler Bing)
Phase 3: Awkward Silence…
…Days, weeks, months.
You say to yourself, “Where is that darn reply?”
Phase 4: Rejection. Rejection. Rejection.
Publisher writes, “We’re sorry but this work just isn’t right for us at this time. We wish you the best with it elsewhere. Keep us in mind for future projects. Thanks.”
Phase 5: The Attempt To Stand Back Up.
Recover. Pick up the spilled milk. March on towards that next publisher, say, “Pick me!”
**All the while not walking with a limp.
May your encounters be sweet in the publishing world this week! Remember: they’re just words typed on a keyboard – somewhere. Nothing personal. Keep at it!