Then picture book writer Carol Gordon Ekster posted this on Twitter the other day:
My 1000th submission just entered the folder on desktop. Writing 12 yrs now. Not bad.If u don't submit, u don't get published!It occurred to me that I've been counting all wrong. The number I should be tracking is not my rejections, but my submissions. As Carol wrote, you can't get published if you don't submit. And you can't control your rejections -- only your submissions.
— Carol Gordon Ekster (@cekster) May 23, 2014
|Order Deadwood, coming from Spencer Hill, June 24, 2014|
So what's my number? Somewhere over 300. That's 300 times I reached out, 300 times I had faith in my work, 300 times when I was willing to risk my ego, 300 times I allowed myself to hope.
And yes, I'm proud of that. I admit that my number of rejections and my number of submissions are very, very closely correlated. So I don't need to tell you my rejection number.
I have one book coming out in three weeks. If that percentage doesn't sound impressive, that's OK. That one wouldn't have happened without the 300.
What's your number?
About Kell Andrews: Kell Andrews writes picture books and middle grade novels. Deadwood, her middle-grade contemporary fantasy about a cursed tree, comes out from Spencer Hill Middle Grade June 24, 2014.