I am bracing for rejection. Would it be awfully arrogant of me to say that I haven’t had much of it in life? Ok then, I won’t say it. But what I will say is that the fear of rejection definitely has kept me from attempting certain things. Perhaps that might explain the high average.
Keeping in line with the goals of 2013, life, etc., I have written and sent off a story. Hallelujah! Now off to the exciting task of creating a detailed Excel spreadsheet that charts rejection notices. I always hear that you need to accumulate about a 1000 before you can consider yourself truly worthy. It seems to me that my “worth” ought to be a thing not judged by failure but by success, but who am I to create the rules of respectable authorship? Mine is not to wonder why, mine is but to do or die…and all that.
What I am proud to say though is that in true keeping with my style, I did this impulsively and without preparation. On the one hand I am happy to not be spending money on stamps and manila envelopes; but on the other, I do wonder if the creation of all these online submission managers is designed to trap writers like me who, drunk on sleep and adrenaline, fire off things that sadistic editors can enjoying rejecting.
In any case, the breath holding begins. If any one has any advice on the new protocol for cover letters, please share.