I received my first professional rejection. That's right, folks - I'm officially in the business of getting rejected.
I am viewing this as an incredibly positive experience. The best of experiences. As soon as I got the email that they were passing on it, I sent it out again. Now we'll just have to wait and see.
Rejection is as an important of a process as anything else in the time frame of getting published. I'm not going to get a story accepted every time I ship it out the door. It's a fact that I just need to face. But every time I get a letter, or an email, it means that I have taken the most terrifying first step. I sent it out. My work, my baby, all alone in a harsh world, but I have done everything I can as a parent to make sure it's successful.
I'm very happy that I got a rejection. Really, I've been telling people about it. Every rejection I receive means another chance that I took. And every chance I take means that one of these times, I might get the ultimate payout. One of these days. One of these days, I'm going to get paid for doing this. I'm going to go through a lot of rejections before that happens, and even after it happens for the first time. I'm perfectly okay with this, and you should be too!
I've heard a lot of things about rejections. I've heard that anything personalized is actually a good sign, and that's what I'm going to continue believing. Mine had my name at the top, and the line "I hope you find a good home for it soon." included in the letter. How wonderful! I'm very excited. This is a new stage in my writing life, and it's off to a great start.
As you can probably tell, I'm very happy about all of this. It's either laugh or cry, and I so love to laugh. So bring it on, world! I'm going to become someone great, and there's nothing you can do to stop me!