As agents and editors clear their in-boxes ahead of publishing's long winter's nap, we writers debate whether it's better to be rejected before the holidays, darkening holiday spirits, or after, kicking off the new year with a kick in the pants. Neither is much fun, and neither is in our control as writers.
So what is in our control? How we react to rejection. And thus I present posts from two wise women:
Dealing With Rejection, from agent Mary Kole
Will All Good Writers Be Published?, from agent Rachelle Gardner
I didn't find either post particularly cheering, but they are thought-provoking during this time for taking stock and looking forward. Someday I hope to become a Jedi master, able to stare editors in the face and say, "This is the book you're looking for. You want to offer a six-figure pre-empt immediately."
Until then, my sticking point with the competence breakdown is between the stages of Conscious Competence and Unconscious Competence. All we can do as writers is work to improve our craft -- revising, editing, improving, reading, beginning new stories. I have to think that most published writers become published while in the Conscious Competence stage.
Of course, it's also true that many Consciously Competent writers produce good books in this stage that will never see a bookshelf. And that, my friends, is what drives us crazy.
What are your thoughts on rejection? On stages of competence? Where are you?