Last Tuesday, I got four rejections in ONE DAY! Two of those rejection letters were particularly crushing because they were from an editor and an agent who had shown "interest." And, I received advice in two of the letters that was completely contradictory.
I barely had time to process these blows to my ego because I immediately had to rush to a PTA meeting (and now, btw, I'm kicking myself for not throwing my name in the hat for the vice-presidential nomination--I mean . . . PTA, soccer mom . . . I could totally do that job). Anyway, I didn't get to spend time wallowing in my misery until Wednesday when the noise of my life shut down for a bit. I read back over my submission letters, manuscripts and synopses. I looked over my notes about dreamy, pie-in-the-sky editors and agents. And I sent my babies back out into the world.
I also indulged in a little retail therapy (thanks Michael Stars) and unhealthy indulgence (oreo Sonic blast). Plus, I watched a great interview that Newbery Award winning author Kate diCamillo did for Adlit.org and WETA (you can download it for free on itunes). She said that she didn't know why she kept sending her work out after receiving so many rejections--she just knew she didn't want to die saying "I think I could have done it." She also said that she had attended hundreds of writing workshops with super-talented people whom she knew would never be published because they didn't have the persistence and tenacity to keep putting their work out there.
Persistence and tenacity. Yeah, I can do that.