It is in fact the official number of rejection letters that I have racked up. Over the years, I've gotten the:
- run-of-the-mill signature-only letters, (a lot of these from the first year or so, when I fully deserved the standard rejection because my writing was yuck-o and I didn't know enough to know it);
- the letters that rejected the enclosed submission but came with a really nice personalized note (even the occassional advice on how to improve the manuscript -- yeah!);
- and the ONE letter from an editor who loved my manuscript but discovered that her publisher just bought another one like it (DOH!).
But mainly, I like to think the next rejection letter brings me closer to the big one -- the submission that breaks through the postal service and gets a phone call or email response (ah, heaven!). One of my favorite authors, Kate DiCamillo, says she got nearly 400 rejection letters before getting a contract!
So if I hang in there and give just 10 times more effort than what I have done so far, then maybe, just maybe, I can break through!
Writer friends, if you dare, tell me how many rejections you've collected so far. Let's celebrate how close we are to the one that counts...
In honor of persistent authors everywhere, every comment to this blog entry will go into a random drawing for a copy of Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Followers of my blog get one extra entry. The drawing will be held October 2, so spread the word!