The flower, not me, you sillies!
Okay, all kidding aside, this weeks topic is how to deal with rejection.
It's tough. I'm not going to lie about it. Nobody likes being told their manuscript isn't good enough, or not ready.
I don't like it one bit.
I get sick to death of it, actually.
But they way I deal with it has changed drastically over the years. Used to be I'd cry, wail, beat my chest. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but I definitely took it hard. It used to make me doubt myself to the point I'd freeze up. Almost quit.
I have a drawer full of rejections. A lot of them are "good" rejections. Notes from editors and agents, but they're rejections nonetheless.
How do I handle them now?
I still feel awful. I let myself mope for a bit. I tell the CPs. My daughter Brandi always makes me laugh about it.
But the ultimate reaction I have is to get more determined. I dig in, get tough. Not going to give up because of a no. I look at the manuscript, see what I can do to it to make it better. Sometimes I move on, decide to leave it behind.
But I don't quit, and that's the ultimate way how I deal with rejection.