Growing Pains

Air-RoundaboutI’ve been on a bit of a high since making my first professional sale in May and seeing my short story published in August.  Recently, I’ve begin to experience the letdown that comes with a return to regularly scheduled programming. I’m talking about rejections.  Quite a lot of them, actually.

A writer I much admire talks about the point in an author’s career where the mindset flips from praying for a sale to expecting a sale.  And after that first sale, I thought I understood what he meant.  But one sale does not a career make.  I’m writing and submitting more than I ever have, but with my one sale as the sole exception, the results remain the same.

Today I received a very polite refusal from a neo-pro writers group I hoped to join.  My writing is not yet at the level of the other members of the group, as indicated by my single publication.  I personally know several of the writers in this group, and had considered myself to be a peer, but was forced to accept the fact that they all have several professional sales while I do not. Bummer.

This morning, when I sat down to work on the edits of my latest WIP, my eyes were drawn to the note I posted (four years ago) to the frame of my computer monitor, so I would never forget it:


Like it or not, that phrase is the truth a writer lives by.  I still haven’t figured out how to make my writing speak consistently, but I’m working on it.

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