Mika Jolie

My First Rejection

Checking my email is part of my morning routine. Not that people email each other anymore. In fact, my inbox is usually bombarded with notifications from my favorite stores. Hey, I am a bit of a fashionista. I can’t help it. I love edgy, trendy clothes and heels.

The first email I noticed was from one of the publishers I submitted my novel The Scale to for consideration. I tingled all over. Another, Mika, we love your novel and would like to consider offering you a contract for sure.

Ha!

Instead my eyes scanned the polite words of ‘thanks but no thanks’ response. My novel exceeded their words count. I already knew that during the submission process. So why did I even send it for consideration you ask…well, as an aspiring author, I figured why not. Take a chance and see what happens. The most they can say is ‘you’re not a good fit at this time.’ And I can handle that.

So why did my heart shrink in disappointment when I read the words? Especially when I have several pending contracts to choose from, one of them I am very excited about and currently in negotiation. I’ve heard only wonderful things about this publisher and I am looking forward to becoming a part of their family.

However, it is in our nature to fear rejection, we want attention, crave affection and dream of perfection.

And I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I guess I was going for 8 for 8, which is very unrealistic because rejection is part of the game.  As a friend pointed out, I’m lucky enough to have received a contract offer, even two or three. Some are not that fortunate. And for that I’m grateful and will continue to fine tune my writing skills.

I love this quote: “You can let rejection
define you. Or you can let it help build a stronger foundation for you to excel on.”  I’ve decided to go with the latter

Happy Writing All!

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