I got a rejection letter. I actually got it back on the 11th but never shared it here. When I sent out my first round of queries, I only sent four. I got the first rejection letter two days later. I kind of wonder if they really read it, but oh well, I can’t prove otherwise so I just have to believe.
It kind of stung but hey, did I really expect to get an agent right off the bat? I’m not THAT crazy! So it didn’t sting so bad after that thought hit my mind. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t still suck.
But, a few years ago, I read Stephen King’s On Writing. I’ll say that this is the only writing book I really liked and could read without getting annoyed with the author telling me how to do what I do, but that’s off topic. Anyhow, there was a part that really stuck out to me.
When I got the rejection slip from AHMM, I pounded a nail into the wall above the Webcor, wrote “Happy Stamps” on the rejection slip, and poked it onto the nail. … By the time I was fourteen … the nail on my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.
I loved the idea of that nail on the wall for all the rejection notes. I don’t know if it was the thought of being able to see them and use them as a drive to keep on it, or the therapeutic aspect of stabbing the rejections on a nail that I liked, still have no idea which one. So I decided that when I got to the point of sending out queries, I would have my own nail.
Then, I found this on a site called pinterest:
I saw that and I was like “Hey! I could totally make that into a rejection board! It’d look so cool!!”
So I did.
I love my little rejection board. I based the REJECTED stamp off of a picture I found on google images.
Here it is with my first rejection letter on it:
“I’ve got a folder full of rejection slips that I keep. Know why? Because those same editors are now calling my agent hoping I’ll write a book or novella for them. Things change. A rejection slip today might mean a frantic call to your agent in six months.”