So, I’ve signed up for a goal-setting blog hop. I’m not much of a goal-setter, but I think I finally found something that will take me closer to my dream of being a traditionally published picture book author.
My goal is to get rejected (by a literary agent or picture book editor) 24 times. Where did that number come from?
There are 25 spaces on a bingo card, but the middle space is usually free. So I figure if I’m going for blackout, then I’ll need to be rejected at least 24 times. That might seem like a depressing goal, but it really isn’t, because in order to be rejected I have to submit. I could have made my goal to submit 24 times, but what’s the fun in that?
So far, I have one mark on my Rejection Bingo Card. But I’m going to a local writer’s conference tonight so maybe I’ll be marking more squares by Monday.
Want to Play Along?
If you are a discouraged writer, Rejection Bingo might be good therapy for you, too. There are several bingo cards to choose from. Pick one that you like best!
If you’re the social type, pick this card from Sub It Club and join the Facebook Page to share your results.
If you submit old school, there’s a fun rejection bingo that I hope you don’t get a blackout on.
If you’re on Pintrest, you might pick this one:
And here's one from Twitter:
Another one sends the message, 'you're not alone, and a rejections of your work doesn't mean you can't write.'
Or you can take the simple approach pictured below, from Maggie McGarvey's blog.
No matter which card you choose, have a prize ready for when you get a bingo, and a bigger prize for when you hit blackout.
Maybe it’s chocolate.
Maybe it’s going out to eat.
Maybe it’s a new outfit
Maybe it’s new shoes.
Maybe it’s… something better.
Doesn’t matter. The object is a McGuffin. All that matters is that you want it.
And if you don’t get a blackout on rejection bingo, then that must mean…
It’s a win-win.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)