Then weeks, and in most cases, months go by and you find an envelope that looks unlike any letter you normally receive; there is no Telstra logo in the upper corner, there's no beautiful penmanship scrawled across from your nan and your heart begins to flutter almost like the time you saw your love walking toward you on the street after you been apart from him/her for days.
You take your letter inside and fight the urge to rip it apart in fear that you wont like what you will find, that someone thinks your writing unfortunately is not right for them.
You take it inside and sit down and take a large steadying breath and pry open the pressing envelope.
Inside you find the standard letter head (and forgive me if you are submitting by email, the process of opening an email is quite the same, i assure you) and it begins with a compliment and then......
Well, this next bit differs for all. But the point I am trying to make is that we take it as gracefully as possible and certainly don't then write or email to the editor whose job it is to sort through the thousands of submissions every day and tell them they are morons.
Last week, it had came to my attention that one such man, if we wish to compliment him with this title had done such a thing.
How dare he!
I have received two email rejection for various of manuscripts as well as letters and took there advice; after all, who would know more than someone who does this every day.,
Now I'm not in anyway saying that just because one editor doesn't like your work that you should chuck it all in. Of course not. What I am saying is that you take the rejection with GRACE.
I am currently holding my hopes high with an ms I have sent to Eternal Press for submission, and I can hear some of you say that I shouldn't announce it when you could get rejected, but you know what? I am proud I am putting myself out there and I will certainly take the r..r..rejection (touch wood) with as much grace as I can muster and I will submit again.
Let us rejoice in our journey and have faith that one day we will find the right editor for us and share when we feel disappointed, it is nothing to be ashamed of and we all go through it and when we do, unlike the un-namable man previously mentioned, we will do it with professionalism and move on.
I'll let you all know my progress and wish all my fellow writer good luck and congratulations on striving for the dream!