Status: Editing and finishing the cover
Just as I find it hard to believe today is the first day of September, when the first rejections of my stories came back, I struggled to believe that could be good news.
The first romances I read were from Harlequin and Silhouette, so I figured when I sold, it would be to that publisher. I came close: getting personal letters from editors, and meeting senior editors at conferences that earned the coveted words "requested material" on the envelope.
However, the end result was the same: no sale.
When I did sell, my e-publisher bought three books in a row. I was in heaven! As a bonus, I am also a graphic designer and had the privilege of designing my own covers. More happy dancin'!
Then my first e-publisher changed ownership and I wondered what the new "bosses" would be like. Would they change the company so much it was no longer as much fun?
But another blessing showed up: a friend of mine set up her own e-publishing company and was actively looking for submissions. They agreed to release the print-on-demand versions of two of my books and contracted for two novellas published as part of anthologies. Again, I had the privilege of designing the covers, and have also designed the covers for a number of their other releases. (If you want to look at those covers, they are on my design Web site at http://www.designsbymsg.com/MoreSamples3.html.)
Today, with traditional print publishers drowning in the red ink of losing money and e-books gaining more and more market share, I am grateful for those early rejections. I haven't been orphaned by a big publisher struggling to cut losses. I'm in the flow of a new publishing river gaining momentum.
What will come next in today's rapidly changing publishing world? A combination of text, graphics, video, sound? And perhaps something we haven't seen before!
Now, I can look back and be grateful those early rejections steered me down a path that prepared me to be ready for new developments.
How about you? Have you had a rejection or setback that turned out to be a good thing?