I finished my edits on Into the Fire and sent them off to my editor. Wow, I always imagined using those words, but the reality is way better.
Of course, within a day of this mood-elevating event, I received another dreaded rejection for a paranormal story pitch for Harlequin, and drew a relatively realistic conclusion that I didn't place in another contest. Even with all the good things that have been happening lately, these rejections still hit me hard. I literally wanted to cry because it brought up all my fears of not being able to make my writing more than a hobby. I want to make it a career, and I thought I was on a roll.
BUT, something is different. When I received a rejection before, it took me weeks to recover, to want to write again, but this time I couldn't wait to get back in front of my latest WIP. What was the difference? Has my skin grown thicker? Actually, the truth of what it means to be a career writer hit me. One acceptance doesn't mean I'll never have to feel the sting of rejection again, but it does mean that a rejection doesn't have nearly the power over me that it used to.
I've written about rejection quite a bit on this blog, mostly because I am early in my career, and I know it will be a concern to me for a long while to come, so that's why I refuse to allow a rejection to keep me from writing. The true key to a long-term writing presence is not acceptance after acceptance. It is persistence in the face of rejection.
So is rejection getting you down? Are you thinking of throwing up your hands and giving up? What keeps you going?