Received our first rejection slip this morning. In publishing, that is.
I am no stranger to other kinds of rejection, of course, but literary rejection is different than personal, romantic, employment, school, team and familial rejection. Publishing rejection is so impersonal. “We don’t like you or what you have to say!” It hurts, but somehow it is NOT personal.
Hmmmm……it is a bit like asking a pretty but disinterested girl to dance when you are 18. She doesn’t even look up as she barks out her epithet to “F-off!” After awhile, there are no more tears. It is just the way it is. Yeah! That is what rejection slips are like. Exactly.
Mind you, we submitted first to the LBGT press and then added the Q to the second entry. Our seventh submission was to the LGBTTTQQIAA press and so we still have a chance in that nothing-wrong-with-that publishing sector. We have high hopes for that one. We belong there.
We would have submitted to Penguin, Harper-Collins, Mother Earth News, Oprah, Harlequin and Time-Warner but we think we are too cutting edge for those mainstream publishers. Too avant-garde. Too hip. They just wouldn’t get it.
Seriously? We’re going to eventually end up with Vanity Press. Have to. We know that. And there is nothing wrong with that. My only regret? Sal edited all the kinky stuff out of Tales From Off the Grid. We might have had a chance with LGBGTQRSTUV otherwise (S stands for ‘seniors’. Can’t tell you what the ‘U’ stands for!).