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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)

TITLE: The Bumpy Way
By Karen O'Leary
11/19/04

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It was a small preprinted note. “We cannot use the story you sent.” Rejected. Discouraged, I prayed to the Lord for guidance.

Another standard form came with a line checked. “Although we can not publish this submission, we would like to read more.” Rejected, though there was a glimmer of hope.

A fiction manuscript was returned with a hand written note relating that the editor liked the piece, but it didn’t quite meet his needs. He, too, wanted to read future work. Rejected but encouraged. Energized, I started on my next short story.

I pulled another self addressed stamped envelope from my mailbox. This one was thin. My hands trembled as I opened it. The editor had written that she was holding my article for possible publication in a future edition. Though there were no guarantees, but it was a improvement over a rejection slip.

A poetry editor returned my submissions with the comment, “Your writing style doesn’t match mine. The terse rejection rocked my self confidence until I remembered other successes. The road of freelance writing is a bumpy one.

Another thick envelope rested in my mailbox. Reluctantly, I pulled it out. I waited until I got inside to open it. “Thank you for sending this well written article. I accept it for publication in our fall edition and look forward to working with you.” The envelope also contained a biographical questionnaire, some contract information, and a check. I whooped, did a quick jig, then bowed my head to thank God.


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Melanie Kerr 11/22/04
Rejection comes in all shapes and sizes - and so does acceptance!
Mitzi Busby11/22/04
Karen, I loved the part about your victory jig. Keep up the great work! Be encouraged.
Kathy Cartee11/23/04
I think the road to acceptance is crowded with rejection for a freelance writer, as I can plainly see in this weeks entries.
Thanks for the victory jig!


Joy does come in the morning!
Lois Jennison Tribble11/23/04
Good title, Karen, as you take us with you on an agonizing journey, choosing the path of sure rejection and no guarantees. Isn't that what Jesus did? I applaud your courage and perseverance, and join your jig over your success! You are an encouragement to all of us to keep writing!
Verlie Ruhl11/23/04
Thank you, Karen! We all needed this happy ending! It sure made me smile.
Deborah Anderson11/24/04
Good for you, Karen. God bless you.
Norma OGrady11/25/04
nice written story
Yeshua bless
Debbie OConnor11/28/04
Great job! Congratulations on your submission being published. Persistence is the key!
Jennifer Solla11/28/04
Your article is encouraging! Thanks for sharing!