I think the most painful rejections in my writing career have been those who started off as yeses. I first experienced this with my novel Amethyst Epiphany.
Just recently I have dealt with this in my manuscript Phoenix Tears.
I will find a home for these books yet, but I must admit that the sting hurts more than just a direct no. I pour my heart and soul into my writing so to me it feels as if a piece of me has been rejected rather than just a body of writing.
I remind myself that rejections as painful as they can be are a part of the natural process of writing. It's happened to many famous authors like J.K. Rowling, Anne Rice, and F. Scott Fitzgerald to name a few.
So I'm going to keep putting myself out there again and again and get my books published because as Winston Churchill said, "Success is never final; failure is never fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
So, I will take courage and press on. I don't have a choice because I didn't choose writing—it chose me. Which I know sounds cliche but it's no less true.
I have a dream, and I'm going to both believe in it and myself. I can't quit on myself before I even begin. I have too much to accomplish.
Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian author born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of The Magic Series and three published chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn, Less Than A Man, and If Tomorrow Never Comes.