Those of you who know about the goals blog hop that this post is a part of may wonder what Anne of Green Gables has to do with my goal of getting rejected 24 times. Bear with me...
As a tween, I devoured the first three books of the series. Then I started the fourth, and quickly lost interest. I was simply too young to enjoy the newest capers in Anne's life. A few years later, I picked up the series again and devoured the rest.
Interesting, right? But doesn't seem to connect to my current goal. Keep reading...
(Spoiler Alert: If you haven't read the Anne of Green Gables series, you might want to stop reading this post. Bookmark it and come back after you've finished all nine books. I'll be waiting!)
If my memory serves, Anne received 5 marriage proposals before she finally said yes to Gilbert Blythe. Actually she received 6, but I never really knew whether to count the one by proxy. I mean, would you seriously consider a marriage proposal if it was given through a friend? I wouldn't.
But that's the proposal that most directly relates to my current goal. That's right, this month I was rejected by proxy.
Now, it wasn't out of cowardice as in Anne's case. No, don't think that! It was because I had submitted a play adaption with the author of a children's book. Well, she submitted it and I cheered her on. Yes, we got rejected, but we're researching other possible play publishers.
Back to Submitting
Part of me wants to quit. I wonder if I'm like my tween self who couldn't finish Anne series - I'm just not mature enough as a writer to create something that an agent will pick up.
Part of me knows I can't quit. But maybe I need to refocus a little. There are a few projects in my cobwebbed manuscript pile that seem to have a marketable edge in today's publishing climate.
And part of me (the part that's winning) wants to fill up that rejection bingo card.
Two new marked squares this month. This would be right on track for my goal if every month I had the same number to report. Because it's October, I should have Xs on at least 3/4 of the bingo sheet. Truth is, with the two this month it's only half full. So what does that mean?
I need to submit more.
Look out agents, here comes another query.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)