It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. So here’s my insecurity for May . . .
Last month my agent sent my manuscript to a bunch of editors from various big name publishing houses, and so far the tally is: Rejections – 6, Interest – 0.
With all these negative responses coming at me, I'm beginning to feel utterly defeated. Some of them think it's not "funky" enough. Several have said that my characters aren't the right age for my Middle Grade genre (meaning that I have to begin a whole new round of edits, to my everlasting horror). One even said that she liked the story, but not my writing style. Which basically felt like a knife to the heart, though I guess in the grand scheme of things, I'd rather her hate me than my characters, who have begun to feel very real after two very intense years working together.
I managed to stay positive during the first few rejections, but I think my optimism, always somewhat fickle, has now abandoned me all together. Anyone else feeling the same way?