Thursday, February 16, 2012

How I beat rejection

Almost a whole week has gone by and I haven't received any rejection letters. I'd like to think that since I cleaned up my query letter and adjusted my manuscript, significantly, that agents are taking a bit more time on my submission. This is a naive thought, I realize. It's my way of keeping a PMA (positive mental attitude).

I received quite a few rejections for my first two manuscripts. At first, every single time I got a form letter it would hit pretty low. Over time I have managed to find a way to brush it off. I use the rejection as a way to push myself to work harder. It's all you really can do. If I were to let every letter push me down then where would I be?

In a way, I guess I knew my first two were no good. I'm really glad I gave up on them and focused more on my newest ms. My writing is stronger and the characters are believable. The plot is definitely new and exciting to me. I can only hope that someone else will feel the same. After all, it only takes one person to say, "Yes!"

So to those experiencing the heartbreak of the dreaded form rejection, don't take it personally. Learn from it. That's the best thing you can do. The most important thing to remember is how much you love to write and never, ever stop doing what you love. Good luck to you!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Good Reads

Last week, I read these awesome books. They were all so different and unique; I recommend them all! I love getting sucked into some good YA fiction. Having a Kindle is a dangerous thing. I've been breaking my bank and I still have dozens of books on my wish list. Oh, dear. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

What I'm reading

I recently signed up for Goodreads. Are you on there? If so, you should add me!

Yesterday, after work, I purchased Incarnate by Jodi Meadows on thee kindle.
If you haven't read it yet, you totally should! I finished it in one day. Just couldn't put it down. The world Jodi created was magical. It begins in a world where everyone is reincarnated except one, Ana. She's a 'newsoul' and an outcast in a place known as Rage. On her journey to figure out why she was created she comes across a boy named Sam. Unlike everyone else who segregates themselves from her, Sam is one of the few who treat her as an equal. A lot of obstacles stand in Ana's way and along with the people of Heart there are fantastical creatures such as dragons and sylphs. 

I loved Ana and how determined she was to find out where she came from and why she existed. The love between Sam and Ana was sweet and genuine. It was such a wonderful story and I can't wait for part two! 

What have YOU been reading?