When I got my first acceptance letter, I was ecstatic. It's a feeling of accomplishment, much like completing a marathon. And I'm not just saying this. I actually ran 3 marathons. It's nice to know that all the months of researching, writing, reading, editing, and more editing had paid off. Seeing my article in print was like receiving a finisher's medal. When I crossed that finish line and received my medal, I became a marathoner. The day I saw my article in print, I became a published writer. And like my finisher's medal, I carried the magazine with me wherever I went and shared it with my family and friends.
Having a published piece gave me a "writer's high." I felt as if that one article put me in an advantage in the publishing world. Any future article or story that I write would be read before all the other unpublished writers. My mind went into a creative frenzy. Ideas for stories and articles came popping into my head. I began working on my next article with my virtual badge of honor that read, "published writer." I sent out my next manuscript, not with hesitance and nervousness, but this time with pride and optimism.
A few months later, I received the envelope I've been waiting for. I opened my other mail before opening the letter from the publisher. Carefully sliding the letter opener into the flap of the envelope, I delicately pulled out the paper. It was a single sheet. Perhaps, the publisher is cutting down on paper and shrunk the contract into a single page, I thought. No. It was a rejection letter. Reality hit me...and it hit me in the heart.
My rejection letter was reminder about the fierce competitiveness of this industry. But hey, so I received a rejection letter. I just need to keep sending out my manuscript and finding a home for it. In sales, they say you must get 8 "no's" before you receive a "yes" response. I'm sure that is much higher in the publishing world. Nevertheless, I will press on. For every rejection I get, I know I am that much closer to receiving another acceptance letter. I'll keep working on my craft, perfecting my skill, and attending workshops. Write-on my friends!