It’s a funny business, this writing game…
I just got my first official rejection for my novel, Homecoming. I should feel a bit dejected and crushed, but I feel great. It should blacken my day, but it’s brightened it. And while a part of me should have wanted to rip it up and toss it in the bin, it’s now stuck proudly to the notice board above my desk.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m officially on the road to publication!
It’s definitely weird to feel so positive about getting told that no, my novel isn’t worth of publication yet. But here’s the main reasons I’m feeling positive:
- They read the first 45 pages – the first six chapters. That means it was at least gripping enough to keep them beyond the opening three and considering many people give up after the first few pages or first chapter, that has to be a good sign.
- I got quite a lot of feedback and it was all very detailed and similar, about a point which I knew may or may not be an issue. Really, it’s only one point and to have that across six chapters (which do reflect the rest of the book in terms of writing), that’s fantastic news!
- They said it’d be okay for me to re-send it when it’s reworked. Always a good sign.
- The one confusing scene they mentioned is one I knew (after submitting) was wrong and wished I’d fixed. So that’s okay.
It feels good being rejected. Sure, it’d be way better if they’d said yes, but that was hugely unlikely. I never expected to get anything back other than a form rejection and even then, I’d have been happy. So to get such feedback is endlessly encouraging.
Must be on some sort of right track! Now off I go to re-read the entire book, as I’d already planned to do today, to fix up some issues. That feedback will be temporarily ignored until I see if other people agree.