Welcome to Ravenna’s Monday Mumblings!
Heard a story a while ago about an author who got so butthurt because her submission didn’t make it into something or other she had her heart set on, that she decided she no longer wanted to play in the sandbox. This was only her second submission to that publisher, AND it wasn’t even a rejection. She was given an R&R – Revise and Resubmit – for a different line at that publisher. She refused to rewrite the story.
WOW… Give me a break. Seriously.
The reality of the publishing industry is that sometimes your story isn’t right for that publisher, at that time, or for the line you submitted it to. Doesn’t mean it sucks, and it CERTAINLY doesn’t mean the publisher is “wrong” for rejecting things. Yeah. THAT was said, too. When did it become a publisher’s obligation to never reject a story??? HUH???
This is a BUSINESS. Your publisher can’t make money unless the books sell. They know (or they SHOULD know!) which books sell best in which of their lines. That’s their business. YOURS is to write the stories. If they aren’t a good fit one place, and ESPECIALLY if you’re given a chance to submit it to another line, don’t be a damn diva. Submit the story to another line. Does it really matter where it fits, as long as it does? Isn’t that the whole point of submitting it to a publisher in the first place?
NO ONE – I don’t care who they are, how many lists they make, or how many figures their royalty checks have – NO ONE has had every single story they ever submitted accepted without question. If they have, I’d run as far away from that publisher as I could. It means they take anything and everything, and they’re nothing but a mill.
Rejection, along with R&R, is part of this business. You can’t handle it? Try self-publishing and then dealing with the Kindle boards or the Goodreads bunch. HOO, BABY! You have NO CLUE how hurtful “rejection” can feel until you tangle with some of the trolls in those places! Authors have quit writing over the intense bullying such places are known for.
Cliché time… Put on your big girl panties. Suck it up, buttercup.
Vent if you need to. By all means. That’s why we have friends. Rant about it and get it off your chest. But then sit down and revise the damn thing, or submit it to another publisher if you think it’s good the way it is.
But don’t be foolish (or RUDE!) enough to declare you no longer want to play with others at that publisher, simply because you had ONE story that wasn’t right for a particular line.
You may have burned a bridge (or two) there, chicklet. I hope it was worth it.
Until next week, Happy Writing!!