Monday, February 22, 2010
Rejection or Redirection?
I waited seven weeks to hear back from the editor and during that time I tried to prepare myself for the possibility that it wouldn't be accepted. A reason was given that there were so many to choose from that they had to be very selective and it did not necessarily mean that the writing was poor.
I had to be sure. So I went back and re-read my entry. I still like it. That's because it is important to me. My hope is that the story can bless others. But this obviously was not the venue for it. I'm disapointed, but not as much as I thought I might be, suprisingly enough. I'm trying to consider it not a rejection of me, or of the message.
But what about my writing? I must consider that. There is another opportunity for me to submit it else where (which the editor encouraged) and when reading through the guidelines I found they don't want it to sound like a testimony. They want a story. Ah, I think that's what happened with this first go round. My "story" wasn't written in story style, it was sounded very much like a testimony. So I'm learning. I'm going to revise it and try again in story format.
I really don't feel too bad about it. It's not really a rejection. It's a redirection. When I submitted it I prayed that God would allow it to be published through the avenue He desires. I just took a wrong turn, and you know, I'm used to doing that. I'm actually looking forward to seeing where it ends up. I don't know if I'll handle it this well if I get another refusal, or if my book proposal gets rejected, but at least this is good experience. I also know I'm in good company.
So, on a more cheerful note. . . Tonight I was at a business dinner for work and had the opportunity to present information to our some community organizations (the first of two this week) on the issue adult literacy on behalf of my employer (Literacy Volunteers). A newspaper representative was present and I was asked to write some articles about adult literacy. I had no idea that was going to happen. I was also asked to write another article for a paper that I contribute to periodically. This was all very affirming.
Things don't always go as we anticipate. Life is that way. Full of twists and turns, ups and downs. Rejections and redirections.
How do you handle rejection? Any words from the wise?