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In this issue:

1. Mindset of the Issue

2. African Proverbs

3. From the Executive Editor

4. Did you know that… AuthorMeProfessionals Seeking Authors To Interview

5. Creative News & Stories

6. Features 10 Gifts of Rejection Letters

1. Mindset of the Issue

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”

—Philip Roth

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

—Stephen King


2. African Proverb:

“When the river enters the lake, it loses its name.”

~ Luoland, Kenya


3. From the Executive Editor

Greetings Friends & Creators,

Welcome to you all, our new subscribers

November. I’ve just celebrated my fifth “zero” birthday. Nice and round, and I can’t wait for the next “9” to come around.

Like I said last month, I just need a bit of time to hit that bestseller list. Starting with my latest baby: The Dream. How hard is that when I can be my own agent and publisher? Oh, ahm… I need an editor or twelve. Seriously. And beta readers and critiquers. Please get in touch with me.

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Enjoy the article on 10 Gifts of Rejection Letters

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5. Creative News & Stories

Penguin and Random House merger will create the biggest book publisher ever seen.

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6. Features

10 Hidden Gifts of Rejection Letters

10 Hidden Gifts of Rejection Letters

Guest column by journalist and essayist Debra Darvick, author of This Jewish Life: Stories of Discovery, Connection and Joy. Her second book, I Love Jewish Faces (a children’s picture book celebrating Jewish diversity) was published by the URJ Press in May ’09. Visit her blog at debradarvick.wordpress.com.

1. Rejection letters take you out of submission limbo. Familiar with that hell whose name is Waiting? Is the agent reading your submission? Chortling with her cronies over it? Using it as a doorstop or drink coaster? With that rejection letter in hand, you now know where you stand. No more wondering. No more worry. Of course no more hope either. Time to move on. Next.

2. All it takes is one rejection letter to make you an instant life member of a club whose luminaries include Walt Whitman, J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss. What published writer has never received a rejection letter? These are our badges of determination. Of striving. And on bad

days, of lunacy. Take heart. No one’s, and I mean no one’s, first query snags an agent and a book
contract. Unless of course you are Madonna, Jamie Lee Curtis or Fergie.

3. Rejection letters strengthen you, build courage, determination and belief in your work.

Where would you be if you didn’t rail at your most recent rejection letter: “Agent Babe, you are WRONG! I will NOT make my overweight heroine svelte, my gay character straight or turn my borzoi into a chihuahua!”? Rejection letters give you practice taking a hit and moving on. Are you going to let one agent’s (or one dozen’s) opinion make you give up your intention to publish your book? Hell, no.

4. Rejection letters can be stockpiled for future use: wallpaper; bonfire kindling; shredded for an environmentally sound substitute for Styrofoam peanuts.

Personally, I’m going to turn them into a necklace. My other creative outlet is beaded jewelry. I’ve
just found a way to roll paper strips into beads. I plan to make a necklace from paper strips cut from my rejection letters and wear it to my book signings, the National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner, and the Academy Awards. OK, OK, I’ll start with the signings and take it from there.

5. The good ones (offering constructive criticism) help you develop as a writer.

And you will get some good ones in amongst the ones who used your manuscript as coffee coasters
and doorstops. Thoughtful rejection letters, in addition to being a balm to your weary writer’s soul, afford the opportunity to revisit your work, to consider it through another’s lens. Such letters may lead you in a new direction. Or you might just add them to your stack of kindling. Good rejection letters are a clue that you are on the right track and getting closer. Take heart.

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6. Get a few rejection letters beneath your belt and you can blog authoritatively on sites such

as absolutewrite.com’s Water Cooler.

There are more web-based communities devoted to the world of submissions than you can shake a keyboard at. At the abovementioned Water Cooler, bloggers share their agent experiences. Which ones don’t follow through? Which ones are reputable? Which ones should be drawn and quartered for asking for a full and then never getting back to you? Rejection letter in hand, you can add your voice to the fray.

7. All it takes is one good one to renew your faith in agents.

Number Seven is a corrolary to Number Five. There are good agents out there – human beings who love books as much as you do. Why else would they be in the business of trying to link their
authors with publishers? Or take home reams of manuscripts to read over the weekend when they could be training for the New York City Marathon instead? A good rejection letter, whose tone is sincere and offers advice, can revive your flagging spirit.

8. Rejection letters keep the USPS in business.

The Internet has taken a huge toll on the USPS. Mail carriers may go the way of the Maytag man. And then what will happen to the stamp designers? To the workers who assemble all those annoying circulars that come thru the slot as fourth class mail? To the Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalog? Rejection letters might mean you can’t quit your day job but they do help others keep theirs.

9. Rejection letters let you know who your true allies are.

Are your loved ones sympathetic when a dreaded rejection letter falls through the slot? Do they bring flowers or send sweet e-mails of encouragement? Or do they chide you and say, “NOW will you get serious and put this silliness away?” Rejection letters let you know who you want on your team in this endeavor.

10. The number of rejection letters you receive is proportional to the euphoria that will envelop you when you do get The Call.

Think about it. If an agent signs you up three queries into your search, you’ll be ecstatic. And perhaps kind of blase. But get that call after slugging it out for a year or so and man will success be sweet. So sweet you can taste it even now, can’t you?