|It's all about the mission.|
So, I got hit with a hard rejection a few weeks back. It happens. And I am used to it. It helps to have spent almost eight years in art school where I had to sit for at least 8-12 hours a week in critiques. Man, those last couple years of school had some brutal critiques that were 100% devoid of constructive criticism. I remember it well, students spitting poison at each other. Yuck! It was horrible, but it tempered my armor for rejections, so I'm happy I survived the experience.
If you follow me here and Facebook, you know I had a book with my old mentor, Jonathan Maberry's super awesome - super professional - amazing deal making agent. She's great. I really wanted to be her client.
I hit the jackpot just having her request the full novel(my Viking Age Dark Fantasy/Horror). I know this well. She's a busy lady. :) So after four months, a respectable amount of time, not long in comparison to some... she sent me a nice email that was personalized. NOT a form letter. She went on to commend me as an author, and told me how much she truly "loves my writing". She said I was "a super talent" but my book did not fit her list. See, it was too much Dark Fantasy and she only covers Horror.
I really wanted to be represented by the same agent as my buddy and teacher, Maberry. It would have been like being on the same winning team. I love being part of a good team, so when the rejection happened it hurt. It really hurt. BUT at the same time, I really respected her time with my book and her time to write me a personal message and compliment me. So I lived. :)
I very much respect that agent. She's all class and professionalism. Of course - two things I would love to have in a agent. :)
So what have I been doing since this rejection? Writing, editing and sending queries. You cannot succeed without trying. And I have proved, time and time again, that I'm not a quitter. I work hard and when I get rejections that only fires me up to work harder. I believe in the dream. More importantly, I believe that hard work must pay off, or dreams will die.
|No one stands between me and my dream. lol|
At the moment, I'm 16,000 words into the sequel to my unpublished Urban Fantasy novel. I have been writing it and then going back and re-reading it. I'm submerging myself into it. Taking my time. Feeling it. Truly feeling it...and it's going great!
I have also been re-editing SOUL BORN, which was a mess. It still burns me how the small press publisher botched the edit job on that book and made such a mess of it. Granted, my skills as an author have WELL improved since I wrote the book back in 2005-2007... but man... it needed lots of help. I'm about half way through the first new edit pass and I'm fixing a lot of things. I will do a second pass and then send it to my editor to check my work. I hope to have it back out there for my fans and friends by the Summer.
Lastly, I'm brainstorming a short story I owe a publisher for a new anthology. Going to be a busy next 2-4 weeks. I will keep you all posted. Wish me luck finding an agent, because that is the mission.
Write Makes Might!
Kevin James Breaux