So I had mentioned, in my second to last post, that I had submitted a query letter to a publishing house.
… If you didn’t read the second last post [I submitted a letter to a publishing house.] …
It was a random idea, that I had come up with the day prior [and I didn’t want to sit on it]
Now, I also have a book that I’m working on with my husband. [but that’s a whole other can of worms] , and several screenplays/teleplays/stage shows , I’m working on ..
But this is totally something else.
So back to the matter at hand.
I got my first publishing house rejection letter.
And I’m sure it won’t be my last. [Cue triumphant cinematic score]
But here’s the thing.
[I’m not upset]
now, [granted] , I am a professional actor, I’m kinda used to rejection .. But here’s
4 Reasons I love my rejection Letter
- I put no expectations out there. I was proud of myself for sending the letter. Like… I was proud of myself for not procrastinating , for taking an idea, and putting it into action. I pushed send on that email. Instead I’m talking about, ” Having an Idea” , I decided to put it into the universe.
2. It inspired me. Yes. The rejection inspired me. It made me want to try harder. It made me want to work , create, show up, and keep submitting. CREATE . WORK. DO.
3. There will be more . More Rejection letters. Oh yes. There will be more. No one ‘who ever did anything awesome’ , just woke up and got to do all the awesome things they wanted. I mean. They did. But, they probably got rejected. [And maybe more then once]
You’ve heard the stories… ” Fred Astaire was told he’d never make it as a dancer. Walt Disney was rejected by 302 bankers to back DisneyLand. J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 Publishing Houses. “
J.K. Rowling is one of my favorite writers. Imaginative , Spirited , Exciting .
She wasn’t published till later in her life.
Which leads me to number four.
4. All the Houses. Here’s the kicker. [Ready?] There isn’t just one publishing house. If one house doesn’t choose me, it’s ok. There’s a million out there. [or a good amount]
Just imagine if there was only one house at Hogwarts.
What if Voldemort and Harry Potter were both from the house of Slytherin.
What if there was no Gryffindor , Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw?
Can you imagine?
[ I mean]
The sorting hat would be out of a job.
Who would the students root for during quiddich?
Without the houses it would be so weird…
all those iconic, enduring , and inquisitive students that represented each house ..
It would all blend to be one big uniformed group.
No specificity. No Individualism. No uniqueness. [That’s crazy.]
Harry Potter. Would practically cease to exist.
What If Harry Potter wasn’t even a wizard . What if he was a ‘Muggle’.
So just imagine if we were all the same.
Imagine if there was no uniqueness, or individualism or character.
Your an individual. Believe in yourself. Work hard. Create. Get up. do it again. Let rejection fuel you. Inspire you . Ignite you . Don’t let others tell you no. Be your own cheerleader. Your own sunshine. Embrace your differences .
Because there isn’t just one Answer for anything.
There isn’t just ‘House’.
Be you. The rest will come. [Just be patient ]Has a letter inspired you?
Quirky and Really craving butter beer,
October 15, 2015 at 4:35 am
I’ve never even considered publishing anything, partially because I don’t have the writing skills necessary to know which category of writing for which I would be best suited. However, I do tend to write well in first-person, but I’ve yet to even start a story. I feel that I would have to read several hundred books in order to get an idea of writing styles.
I remember receiving a rejection letter from an electrician’s apprenticeship because my aptitude test revealed that I didn’t possess the mental qualities necessary to perform such a lucrative job– even though that was my job for 3 years in the Navy almost 10 years ago.But I still have that rejection letter because it reminds me that I would have been making a huge mistake accepting a career not suited for my thinking process. I’ve never been mechanically inclined, but it helped me realize that I’m not really an engineer anyways– I’m a writer above all else. So I can relate to what you’re saying when you express your like for a rejection letter.
You’re not their type, basically (and no pun intended).
October 15, 2015 at 6:16 am
True, rejections shouldn’t be the reason why we stop doing what we love. It’s only normal to be rejected, as it makes us stronger and more passionate.
October 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm
I like your spirit. 😊
Danica R (@MemoirsOfAMommy)
October 16, 2015 at 1:13 am
I love your positivity!
October 16, 2015 at 1:16 am
Very inspiring, being your own cheerleader is one of the most important thing we can do in life, and sometimes one of the hardest. Seems like you have a great perspective.
October 16, 2015 at 2:17 am
Man, I can really relate. I could have papered all the walls in my apartment with the rejection letters I got before finally finding the small press for me. And each of those letters was a little ‘I tried.’ Got to keep putting yourself out there, stepping up to the plate! You’ve got a great mindset. They’ll be miffed they missed the chance to work with you.
October 19, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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October 21, 2015 at 11:57 pm
Thanks so much Timmy T. 🙂
October 24, 2015 at 11:02 am
I really like this Kelli, it can be so demoralising to be rejected, but as you say, we are not all the same, and having the courage to keep going and keep trying is so important. Your writing is enjoyable and inspiring. Best wishes, kathie