Another nice blog you got me into

Writer, rejected kindly came over to comment on my post of the other day, The Book Depository on POD. Here’s the comment: "Thanks for the infor. POD certainly does bypass the long and nauseating period of getting a whole lot of rejections. Check out a humorous take on literary rejections at Literary Rejections on Display."

Never one to ignore good advice, I did just that. Here’s a sample post, Sour grapes of wrath: "Wow! An anonymous reader posted the following searing comment on my blog today: "Two words for you, my friend–sour grapes. Aren’t you just a little embarressed [sic] to put these up on your blog, removing your info (how convenient) but not the agent/editors?With your poor me attitude, if I were an agent, I wouldn’t touch yo [sic] with a ten foot barge pole. Grow up–you make other writers look bad. Getting published is hard. Whining, I guess, is easy." I haven’t been told off like this in a long time. Probably ever."

You can see (but if you are like me, not read very well) lots of rejection slips (which authors can send in if they like), posted by "a published, award-winning author of fiction and creative nonfiction–but whatever. In the eyes of many, I am still a literary reject. Remember this: someone out there will always say no."

2 thoughts on “Another nice blog you got me into

  1. Thanks for the tip, Maxine – just spent a happy ten minutes on the Sour Grapes blog – love it – so entertaining. Not too good for publishers, agents and judges though, I think. If any more of this sort of stuff gets published they are going to have a hard time thinking up something original!

  2. Heehee. Anyone who sends out manuscripts gets rejections. In fact, the personally written rejections are the first signs that one is near to getting published. The worst rejections are the little indifferent notes, signed by no one, obviously printed en masse.
    Still, though, if most of us think about it, we realize that our rejected offerings were mostly not worth publishing. This isn’t always true, but it’s sure true of the early stuff (mine at least). And even now, it’s a struggle to always land my pieces where I want them to go.
    There are so many tiers of publishing, but if you can even enter on the groundfloor, in the carriage house at the end of the lane, you know your apprenticeship has begun in earnest. Serve it well, Cricket. In the end it does not matter, really, if your work is published, only that you feel it is the best you could make it.
    Okay, I’m not that Zen. It does matter, but it matters more that it’s good, in and of itself.

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