There seems to be a lot of blog posts recently about "rejection" ~ how to deal with rejection, how to view rejection, how to learn from rejection, etc.
In fact, I recently read that we should appreciate and maybe even celebrate rejection. Why is that? Well, as a writer we need to put ourselves "out there" through submitting. So...the feeling is that if we are truly doing our jobs, we will be submitting and getting rejected. Therefore, rejection is a kind of badge of honor or sign that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing.
But no matter how you spin it, rejection stings.
I am not one to submit to twenty agents or editors all at once. I am pretty picky. Afterall, if I really want to form a relationship with said agent or editor, I should do my research and be selective as to who I query. But it does lead to an even bigger sting when your net is not cast that widely. This was the case back in early March when I received not one, but TWO rejections in a matter of an hour. Ouch! My reaction? I immediately walked to the nearest chocolate.
I have come up with my own way of making rejection taste sweeter, and I would like to share my strategy with you. It's called...REJECTION CHOCOLATE!
1) Get a jar with a lid and fill it with your absolutely favorite chocolate or candy of choice. Mine is filled with Cadbury Mini Eggs...which are not easy to find now that Easter is over.
2) Place the jar near your work area to serve as motivation.
3) Start submitting your work to your dream agents or editors. Do your job!
4) Don't touch candy.
If you get a rejection, AND ONLY IF YOU GET A REJECTION,
5) you get to open the jar and eat a few pieces!!! You deserve it. You are a real writer.
6) If you get so many rejections that you empty the jar, celebrate and refill jar.
If you get an acceptance,
7) Chocolate serves as a Celebration Chocolate! (choose candy wisely, so that it tastes good with champagne, too).
So what are you waiting for? Fill a jar, get writing and submitting and next time you pop that jar you will have something to celebrate!