On the 16th of July, I sent 'Sorrysorrysorry' to four publishing houses. Almost immediately, I received three rejections.
I am told it is rare, in today's market, to receive a personalized letter. I received one. I also received a form letter with a personal note at the bottom. The last one was just a form letter. But --- I did get a letter. The fourth house did not respond.
The personal letter carried wonderful advise for making the giraffe tale better, more marketable. The changes were agreeable. Which is very important to me. I have been working on the suggestions, off and on, for the last three months. I'm happy to say that I plan on sending out another four submissions this month. And - this coincides with the goal I set in July. If the book was not accepted, or if I didn't have responses by November - I would send out four more in November.
Nice to meet a goal. *g*
On the other hand, I have now received ten rejections. I am on my way to meeting the number of authors like Dr. Seuss. I think his was ninety-nine rejections before being published. It would be nice if I didn't have to have 99 - but '99 Red Balloons' is a favorite song of mine, so it's ok. Also, I think I shared with you that another author that I just met recently had a total of over two hundred rejections before she was published.
Now - these seem to be odd statistics. To flaunt the number of rejections one receives. A badge of courage, perhaps, to show the world that nothing will stop us? I hope so.
Life is to be lived.