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Don’t Give Up

Yesterday I gave up on publishing my novel, The Dream Master. I decided that it needed to be put aside, that it shouldn’t be sent to agents anymore. All because I got two more rejection letters from agents.

That makes eight so far. Eight nicely worded emails from agents I thoroughly researched, saying “Unfortunately, your project is not right for us at this time,” and “Unfortunately, I feel that in today’s market, I cannot take on projects unless I feel strongly about them,” and simply, “I’ll have to pass at this time.” Most heartbreaking are the agents who receive so many queries that they are unable to respond at all. You are told to wait 4-10 weeks and, if they have note responded, assume that they are passing.

But despite the pain, despite how they make me feel incompetent, I forgive them. In fact, I understand them. It isn’t possible for every single book written to be published. There aren’t enough people in the world who love to read books. Heck, there isn’t enough time for people who love to read books to even read that many books. So agents have to say “no.” It’s hard enough to sell a really good book, let alone one that’s not quite good enough. Now you’re probably thinking, “But what about J. K. Rowling? She got rejected so many times before being accepted.” It’s true that future bestsellers get rejected too, and the agents who passed are probably kicking themselves as a result. However, if the agents who passed didn’t feel strongly about a future-bestseller’s story, then they couldn’t have promoted it as well as an agent who truly loved the story. Those bestsellers, under another agent, may never have been sold to the right publishers, and then would never have sold as well.

So much about life is timing and chance. And my chance will come. Maybe not with The Dream Master. Okay, so that sucks, but I’ll live. I’ll write more novels and those will be better, because I’ll have more experience. As I wrote in a play way back in middle school, “Time goes on and we remember freezing rain half past the hour, rushing cars, and business men, babies crying, as we go along this long road we call life.” Looking back, that is such a rambley, terrible sing-songy phrase. However, the message remains true. We’ll remember the small things that bothered us, but we just keep going down the road of life. Those little things make up who we are; we are the experiences that we have had. However you say it, rejection isn’t something to cry about. It adds to who I am, and I will keep going.

And just to finish this on a happier note, after giving up on The Dream Master, I gave up on giving up. I decided to ask my creative writing teacher to look over my query letter. She’s a successful science fiction author, and she said she would be delighted. So, with help, maybe The Dream Master will live again. And if not, I have some very in-depth notes about the next novel I am going to write… Hypermedia. I don’t want to go into details right now, but I plan on participating in NaNoWriMo again ( Click here for the site ). Somehow, despite traveling between three states, doing homework, studying for tests, etc., I WILL write the story. I feel much more confident in my writing now that I’ve fully written and edited a novel. Wish me luck!

My Dream…

Eep!!!! This is my first post as a blogger on WordPress (with the exception of a group project during my first semester of college where we created a comic book and a lot of drama…. ugh). I guess I should start by identifying myself. My name is Alissa and I have always had a fascination with dreams. Weird dreams. Which I have a lot of. Hmmm…. maybe that says something about me.

Anywho, I wrote a book last November for an event called NaNoWriMo. After months and months of heavy-duty editing it’s finally at a point where I can proudly stand up and say “This book is worth reading. I want to share it with people.” And so I did. My friends and family gave me great feedback! But that’s not really what I had in mind. I want to be published. I want to inspire people to love reading as much as I did when I was younger. I want them to be banned from bringing books to school, because they can’t pull themselves out of those amazing stories (happened to me in sixth grade. No joke). I want people’s mothers to tell them “Put down that book and go watch TV” (this happened to me as well. Several times). I want to write a book that will inspire others to lose themselves in new worlds with new experiences and insight that reflect back on their own lives. That’s what stories are to me. They’re an escape, an education, a journey. They’re magical.

My novel is a contemporary fantasy novel for teens (58,000+ words. I wrote that! Insane!!!). I don’t want to say what the story about quite yet, but maybe in a later entry (That should keep you coming back. Am I right?).

Needless to say, I have no idea what to do with this blog yet. But I’ll figure something out. I recently refurbished my old, unused Twitter account to keep a record of my progress as I seek a literary agent to represent my novel. You can follow me at https://twitter.com/Dreamliss . So far I’ve queried three agents, and received one “no.” The other two haven’t responded. It’s been less than a week, but both of them say no by simply not responding… I guess I won’t know I’ve been rejected until several weeks have passed. But I’m not giving up. I keep rewriting my query for each new YA agent I discover that seems to be a good fit for my novel, and someday IT WILL HAPPEN!

I know it will. It will happen. Someday, no matter how far away, I will be a certified creator of those magic stories, bringing others into my world. It will be a dream come true.