Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

So Grief, Inc. and I got rejected again. This time, by an agent who I was sure was Ms. Right. I was pretty disappointed to get the form letter assuring me that just because my book isn’t right for her doesn’t mean it’s not right for somebody. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s hard sometimes not to write these people back and argue with them. Did you really read my sample pages? How can you not love this book? I love this book!! Other people..yes, people besides my MOM even…love this book! People have told me this book has changed their lives! Do you hear that form-letter-senders…my book is LIFE CHANGING!!! Ahem..sorry, got a little worked up there. I am glad for the positive feedback and to me that’s one of the most important reasons to get a lot of eyes on your writing endeavors. With Broken Warriors, I got some positive feedback, but also a lot of non-comments or comments along the lines that the writing was technically sound but they found it a little ‘preachy’ (which wasn’t the intent, but I get it, and which is why it’s getting a major overhaul). But with Grief Inc., almost every reader really liked it, which encourages me to keep trying. I know in my head that every rejection is one step closer to acceptance, and not to stop before the miracle, but it is easy to lose confidence and believe what it seems like the rejections are saying. I also have heard a lot of ‘wise’ advice about how hardly anyone gets published and even if you do, you can’t make a living at it, and blah blah blah. I decided to stop living other people’s ‘sensible’ advice

Photo courtesy of Patrice Dufour,

Photo courtesy of Patrice Dufour,

and start living my dreams as though they will come true. It certainly is a much more cheerful place to be. In the meantime, I will just content myself for feeling sorry for all the people who have lost the opportunity to represent the next Carrie Maldonado.

6 thoughts on “Reject Moi?

  1. Mary Rowen says:

    Hey Carrie, I’m sorry about this. And I know how you feel. Honestly. I could probably paper a good-sized room with all the rejection letters I’ve accumulated. And not just from agents, but publishers, contests, magazines, you name it. It really is the nature of the business. That being said, there’s a really nice agent who gave me some real, honest feedback back when I really needed it. Email me if you’d like his name, and I’ll happily pass it along. Oh, and I’m one of those readers who really, really loves your book. It absolutely deserves to be published.

    1. Thank you Mary! I used to save them back in the SASE days but now I just have an email file. I also got some with actual feedback and it was awesome:)

  2. Hello there Carrie, my thought were the same as above this little comment box, by Mary. I too can wallpaper many walls with all of my rejection letters, wishing me the best, but it was just not right for their publishing company. My son asked me why I kept all of the rejection letters in a file folder, and I told him it was because after all they took the time to respond to my submission. Some don’t even bother and they have the self address envelope to return to me. I suppose they need the extra stamps. Rejections merely raise me higher to continue onward. There is a blessing somewhere in all of those rejections. I’m here after all and meeting very talented people.. I consider that a blessing just waiting for me.

    Take care and keep moving forward I have faith in your talent… Happy blogging to ya…. 🙂

    1. Thanks, that’s a great perspective!

  3. Roxy says:

    So many agents will be kicking themselves someday. Your book really is life-changing- and who says a Mom can’t be objective!

    1. Thanks Mom:)

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