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R is for Rejection

Posted by Ali on September 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Believe it or not, this is a happy post.  In past years, Jenny has put out a challenge to the group.  It's a simple challenge:

Rule 1: Get three rejections from publishers.

Rule 2: One acceptance = two rejections.

Rule 3: If you get your three, Jenny bakes you cookies :)  If you don't, no cookies :(


In the past, when this challenge was announced, some people didn't get it.  To paraphrase one person: "Why try to get rejections?  That's dumb.  You should only count acceptances."


Nope, counting rejections is AWESOME.  Look, you can write a fantabulous story.  It's wonderful.  It's your masterpiece.  You can send that story out.  You can't make somebody publish it.  The acceptance part is beyond your control.  Submitting is within your control.  So, counting rejections is basically counting submissions.  Counting rejections is saying, "You're doing what you can to get that piece published."  It's counting the part of the process you have direct control over. 


This year, the challenge isn't officially on.  However, the other day I made the decision to go for it anyway.  I've been a slacker and haven't submitted anything in longer than I care to say.  That should change.  Thus, between now and the end of the year, it's my goal to get three rejections.


I know there's not much of 2012 left, but anybody up for joining me?

Categories: Publishing, Advice, Submissions

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5 Comments

Reply Jenny Maloney
10:34 AM on September 6, 2012 
I was thinking that we should re-implement this challenge in January officially.

As I have a ton of submissions out already...I'm in! =)
Reply Fleur
8:46 PM on September 6, 2012 
I love that look at submitting--the whole control thing. It makes the rejections a little easier to take.

Cookies, mmmm... So Jenny: does that mean you're baking yourself cookies? :-)
Reply Jenny Maloney
10:51 PM on September 6, 2012 
Fleur says...
Cookies, mmmm... So Jenny: does that mean you're baking yourself cookies? :-)


It means I'm gonna save the BEST cookies for myself...teeheehee. Or maybe I should just have Ali do it. Hmmm. Must think on this.
Reply Ali
11:27 AM on September 7, 2012 
Jenny Maloney says...
It means I'm gonna save the BEST cookies for myself...teeheehee. Or maybe I should just have Ali do it. Hmmm. Must think on this.


Hmm... But, since you're writing full time, maybe you need six rejections in order to get cookies? ;) If I'm baking, I want to know that you've worked for it.
Reply Debbie Meldrum
11:31 AM on September 7, 2012 
Hmm. I've been thinking of dusting off some of my short stories and putting them out there. It'll be October at least until I'm ready, though.

Definitely for next year. Possibly, if things go according to plan--which they rarely do.

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