Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Please welcome Beverly Lewis

Rejection—who needs it?!
By Beverly Lewis
Thanks for inviting me to blog here today, Mary! It was a delight to meet you while I was touring America’s Heartland this past September ‘11.

Well, in thinking back to my earliest days of publication in the late 80’s (even prior to landing book contracts, I was attempting to write for several magazines), I remember creating a notebook for my rejection slips, choosing the color red, so I’d pay close attention to the reasons why I’d missed the mark. Such rejections were typically stated formally or icily, however you wish to interpret the ones on cardstock that looked like a funeral announcement.

So, instead of feeling blue when these nasty things landed in my mailbox (I was sending out 30 magazine queries a month), I decided to focus on the red Rejection Notebook, wanting to view it as a file for the stepping stones to my eventual success. And, over time, as I continued to hone my craft and read everything I could get my hands on about becoming a published writer, I began to receive interesting rejections with a personal P.S. (“Please send us another idea.” Or…”I like your writing style.”) And, eventually, there were some even more thoughtful and considerate notes, too, which I promptly followed up on and either rewrote the original article or story (for the twentieth time!) or sent in another query.

This process paid off when several magazine editors contacted me to do work on assignment. An amazing day! While nonfiction wasn’t the only type of writing I was striving for, this thrilled me because I adore doing research while using fictional techniques to write articles.

Of course, nearly all of those glossy, high-end magazines have disappeared, giving way to online formats. Even so, my pre-book publication experience was invaluable to the start of my writing journey.

The thing I want to emphasize here is the way I approached rejection of my work. At the time, I was involved with three writer critique groups (one I’d headed up), and I soon began to encounter the psychology of rejection. There were different ways writers in those groups either perceived or responded to their rejections from magazine editors or book publishers. 1) Immediate depression, which only served to push the writer away from his or her desired outcome. 2) Anger and sheer frustration: “What’s this editor smokin’? Doesn’t she know a good piece when she sees it?” 3) “I can’t keep doing this,” others would say. “It’s killing me.”

4) But the writers who were eventually published managed to remain calm, cool, and sometimes not so collected…but they were the turtles, plodding along, steadily focused on their goal. They told themselves: “So what if that particular editor didn’t like my story or article idea? Someone else surely will.” Sometimes all it took was yet another rewrite—after all, that’s what the group was for, right?—creating and reading the reworked manuscripts?

And we certainly did…often repeatedly, while caring (and sometimes praying for God’s leading, depending on the group’s leanings) for each other.

My red Rejection Notebook is filled with many interesting NO’s, believe me. I look at it often, reminding myself that I focused on making the story or article better—being a re-writer—instead of giving in to despair. This made all the difference.

What about you? Are you focused on the rejection itself or the possibilities that may lie just around the corner? For nearly every rejection there is hope. Hope that the seed of your well-written story or article will spring to life (be published in some format) when carefully planted, tended, and watered by the rain if rewriting. The stuff of rejection can make or break any writer, sure. Rejection—who needs it? We want our work to be accepted with open arms, first by editors/publishers… and ultimately by readers.

I challenge you to take a completely different approach to rejection, starting today. Why not view it in a positive light?—not as a blight on your writer-soul. It is an essential path to your ultimate success.

~ Beverly Lewis

Please leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for Beverly's most recent release The Mercy. Book #3 in The Rose Trilogy
Or buy it HERE
Rose Kauffman pines for prodigal Nick Franco, the Bishop's foster son who left the Amish under a cloud of suspicion after his foster brother's death. His rebellion led to the "silencing" of their beloved Bishop. But is Nick really the rebel he appears to be? Rose's lingering feelings for her wayward friend refuse to fade, but she is frustrated that Nick won't return and make things right with the People. Nick avowed his love for Rose--but will he ever be willing to sacrifice modern life for her?


Meanwhile, Rose's older sister, Hen, is living in her parents' Dawdi Haus. Her estranged "English" husband, injured and helpless after a car accident, has reluctantly come to live with her and their young daughter during his recovery. Can their marriage recover, as well? Is there any possible middle ground between a woman reclaiming her old-fashioned Amish lifestyle and thoroughly modern man?

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Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at http://www.beverlylewis.com/  for more information or find her on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/officialbeverlylewis

80 comments:

Helen Gray said...

I don't have a file specifically for rejections. They're all filed inside the folders of the particular ms to which they apply. Maybe I should reorganize.

Welcoe, Beverly, and thanks for sharing.

Coffee pot's set for morning.

Helen

Jan Drexler said...

Welcome, Beverly! Mary, thanks for bringing her by.

I agree - no one likes rejections. I choose to see them as little victories, real evidence that I was brave enough to send a story to a stranger once, and I'll be brave enough again.

I love your turtle analogy, too. It's one I use often, along with Dorie's song from "Finding Nemo": just keep swimming, swimming, swimming...

Love your books, and can't wait to read The Mercy!

Melissa Jagears said...

My grandmother is your ultimate fan. :) Drove all the way to Branson for your book signing last year just to take her to see you. She's blind and can't read your books anymore but she still buys a physical copy of each one. Now that's the kind of fan I hope to have one day--though she doesn't like my genre so much, so though I'm flesh and blood, I won't be able to topple you out of her favorite author spot!

Anywho, I "love" red ink on my crits, so why not a red folder? Cute idea. I don't feel "much" anymore over any rejection/criticism, I know it's going to happen a lot so if I give into the emotion of it every time, it would suck the life out of me. Though I'm a rather "emotionless" person in general so maybe that's just me.

I do give into the "am I just kidding myself" slump a lot though.

Stephanie Rae Pazicni said...

Didn't know The Shunning was made into a Hallmark movie! I will dust off my TV for that.
And I accept your challenge, to view rejections in a positive light. At least I'm doing what I love... though, I might need a gentle reminder now and then....

Virginia said...

WOW! 80 books! That's awesome...

I do have a giant folder of rejections, and also a word program file with the submitted item and any notes that were attached from the agent/editor/magazine. I always had a fear that I wear re-query an agent with the same material so I tried to keep closer tabs on what I'd sent out.

It's hard now to tell if the rejecion is actually written for you, or if they just plugged in your title. My friend and I both submitted to a BIG magazine, and my rejection was very nice, encouraging. But then my friend got one, too, and it was identical, except for the title. The 'exciting idea and original voice' was just a form letter. :(

Virginia said...

Melissa, that is so sweet! I drove my grandma an hour to a hot air balloon rally once so she could see my uncle launch his balloon. It was at DAWN. That tells you how much I loved her.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Beverly, How lovely to have you here in Seekerville. Thanks for coming and welcome.

I was wondering if you were Amish so was interested in your bio. It does help to have connections when writing about a specific culture.

I love my rejection letters. Years ago when I was audited for my writing expenses, the rejection letters are what convinced the auditor that I was serious about writing as a career and not just pursuing a hobby. So keep those letters even if you want to throw them in the fire. smile

I have trays of homemade bread and fresh churned butter to smother on those warm slices.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

First, Beverly, thanks for the words of wisdom. I am a turtle person like Jan so really connected with the analogy. I also think this is going to prod me to get into more critique oriented workshops and classes.

Sandra, I brought homemade apple butter to go with your bread!

Peace, Julie

Cara Lynn James said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Beverly! Thanks for your encouraging words. I think every writer deals with rejection in her own way. The important thing is to dust off our egos and keep going.

Debra E. Marvin said...

Thank you Mary and Beverly.

What a treat to have you here, Beverly. My first reaction was 'That Beverly Lewis?' Your book sales have probably brought a lot of readers over from the ABA to the CBA market.

I'm glad you've given a nod toward turtles. I feel like one quite often.
Rejection is such a part of the process. We should welcome it, but I don't see any fanfare going on, do you?

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Beverly! Congratulations on your fabulous success! I love that you call rejection the essential path to ultimate success. There's no free ride. We all traveled that path, a lumpy road, but a road preparing us for the ups and downs of publication.

Do you maintain a critique group or partner or write independently?

I brought egg bake and fresh fruit this morning. Thanks for the coffee, Helen!

Janet

Jeanne T said...

Beverly, I've enjoyed many of your books over the years. :) I appreciated this post. I picked up on your colors--red, blue. When I was a teacher, "red" on a paper was the final word. I love that, for you, red (your rejections binder) was a stepping stone to improvement.

I haven't had a lot of rejections yet, but I've been fortunate to learn from others what a good attitude toward them should look like. I liked your description of how different people respond to rejection. May we all be "Number 4's."

Tina Radcliffe said...

WELCOME BEVERLY!!!


What a total thrill to have you in Seekerville.

I've been keeping my submissions and rejections on an Excel Spread sheet ever since I read Sol Stein's Stein on Writing. He sold on his 99th or so submission which was encouraging to me!

Kirsten Arnold said...

Welcome, Beverly! What a treat to have you here today.

The rejections don't bother me as much as never hearing back at all. To me at least a rejection tells me someone took the effort to read through the submission I worked long hours on (rather they did, or not). To hear nothing is a bit of an insult. And the excuse that they're busy, or get hundreds of submissions doesn't fly with me either. I'm busy, too. And I get hundreds of calls and requests and I'm expected to answer them all.

So there's my rant for the day. :o)

--Kirsten

Erica Vetsch said...

Such wonderful advice. I wish I'd kept my earlier rejections. Some of them were flat out funny.

Cindy Regnier said...

Thanks Beverly - a much better approach than crying and ripping apart the rejection notice. I've threatened to never show my writing to anyone again - nut another re-write and I'm putting my heart on the line once more.
oh - the turtle thing is great!

Marianne said...

I love you, Beverly and your novels.

Melanie Dickerson said...

This is really wonderful advice, Beverly! I wholeheartedly agree. And it applies to me now that I'm published, too! (Unfortunately, I still get rejections!) Attitude makes all the difference.

God bless you in your writing.

Julie Lessman said...

Dear Beverly,

What an honor to have you here in Seekerville!! I feel like I know you because Lessman comes right before Lewis on the bookstore bookshelves, and it's always easy to find my own books -- I just look for the three rows of Beverly Lewis, and I'm usually (not always!) right there in front of you.

I do have a confession to make, however. Sometimes ... not all the times, mind you, but sometimes ... my husband or daughter will place my lone books face out, covering a few of your books, but trust me, all your titles are always showing because they usually have about six of each!! :)

I'm one of those emotional writers whom rejection would occasionally take down until I realized that each one brought me a step closer to publication. That and the fact that my favorite book of all time, Gone With the Wind, was rejected 38 times!! Yep, you heard right—38 publishers who didn’t have the sense that God gave a goat to know that what they held in their hands was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that would go on to be the highest grossing Hollywood film of all time (adjusted for inflation).

Anyway, thank you SO much, Beverly, for this wonderful blog and thanks to Mary for inviting you!

Hugs,
Julie

Carol Moncado said...

Hi Beverly! Thank you so much for sharing your words of wisdom! My mother-in-law just finished books 1 and 2 and would LOVE book 3!!

We had emailed sometime back and I think you knew my mother at Evangel. Linda Hamilton. I just wish she was still around* to say 'I knew her when' ;).

I'm learning to accept the rejections as stepping stones. Wish they still sent rejections for all of them just so you can keep them for tax purposes like Sandra - I guess the emails sending them will have to be enough...

Back to work... ;)

*Okay I wish she was around for many other reasons but... :D

Whitney said...

Welcome, Beverly!

I have to say, this is a real treat. Your are definitely one of the cornerstone authors who have helped make Christian fiction what it is today.

I had just mentioned Sunday in Seekerville how your YA series "Summerhill Secrets" was, and is, one of my favorite series. My teacher used to read them to us after lunch, and I look fondly on those memories. : )

I sent out a children's story I'd written probably 4 years ago, and was so excited when I received the rejections. LOL. It wasn't the best possible outcome, but I'd dipped my big toe in the pools of publication and it felt good!

I recently received scores from my first contest for an Inspirational Historical Romance. I didn't final, but I was very encouraged. I missed finaling by one point. That hurt. The comments the judges provided have helped SO much! And I definitely find that to be worth while. : )

Thanks for visiting and sharing today, Beverly. : ) I'm sure the ladies have yummy cyber food for you!

road_to_avonlea_17(at)yahoo(dot)com

Whitney

Connie Queen said...

Even in this article you have a way of writing that calms. I need that.

I love your books.
Thanks,
Connie

Tina Radcliffe said...

AND Beverly lives in Colorado! I am sure she is that neighbor down the street I haven't met. Hmmm, going to have to bring cookies to her.

Mary Connealy said...

CAROL, you said EVANGEL?
My nephew is going to EVANGEL--the college in Missouri--are we talking about the same place? He's attending right now. Is that near you?
Beverly you went there, too?
I wonder how I could work this piece of 'connectedness' to get him better grades.

(ahem....not that he needs help or anything!!!)

Mary Connealy said...

JULIE, I look for other Seekers whenever I'm in the book store and last time I noticed your books in the CENTER of three rows of Beverly's books. Bev to the left of you, Bev to the right.

I'm not sure alphabetical system that is.

Mary Connealy said...

I kept a lot of rejection letter for a long time. But a couple of years ago I burned them all.

I've had qualms about doing that because it shows the effort, the struggle, the pain of battling to get through that stubborn door to publication.

But mostly I think I'm glad they're gone.

Carol Moncado said...

Mary -

I went there for a year. DH has two degrees from there. It's about a mile and a half from the community college campus my hubby teaches at. I have a friend who teaches psych there. I still know some of the education people [mostly because they knew my parents].

Dunno about how the connectedness could help you - but if you ever wanna come visit him...

There's a great Christian bookstore here that does signings...

I'm just sayin'.

Me and Andrea would be there.

Bring Ruthy with you again. And Julie's close enough.

I actually met Beverly there when she did a book signing and Julie Klassen as well. ;)

You need a place to stay? I've got a Princess bed with your name on it! :D

Digging for Pearls said...

Welcome Beverly. I met you at a book signing in Chambersburg a year or so ago. Welcome to Seekerville.

Thank you for showing us a positive slant to rejection letters. I love the turtle analogy.

Love your books.

Blessings,
Jodie Wolfe

Myra Johnson said...

Beverly, thanks for these insightful words today! Rejections are never fun and sometimes really, really hurt. But there's (almost) always something to be learned from them.

And, as a survivor of 25 years of magazine and devotional writing before my first novel ms. was contracted, I certainly qualify as a "turtle"--sticking with it year after year while keeping the faith that eventually the big breakthrough would happen. Those were formative years indeed!

Mary Connealy said...

I met Beverly at a booksigning in Omaha. Oh boy, the LINE in that bookstore.

I've had a signing in that store. Clearly the word didn't get out about my signing. (Let's pretend that's the truth, okay?)

Also, something I learned from that signing? Never had a book signing in Nebraska when the Huskers have a football game.

I didn't even want to see myself. I'd have rather been listening to the game.

Another great hint, if you ever want to go shopping in Nebraska? Pick a day when the Huskers have a football game. You've got the mall to yourself.

Parking is great, too.

Jan Drexler said...

But don't go to a restaurant with a sports bar on a Husker football day! Stick to places without televisions :)

Sherri Shackelford said...

What an inspiring post! Thank you for reminding us all that slow and steady wins the race :)

Beverly Lewis said...

Thanks very much Mary--what a delightful following you have here. And thanks to everyone for your interesting comments! I'm racing the clock on an upcoming deadline, so (pretty please?) excuse me for not posting specific responses to many of your delightful and insightful questions. Happy writing (and reading!) to all of you!
~ Bev Lewis

pol said...

Hi Beverly so good to see you here in seekerville, I would never have thought that you get rejections, I love your stories and the way you write.
Would love to be in the drawing for this book, I have read the first 2.
Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Beverly, thanks so much for posting in Seekerville!

Instead of a rejection folder, I had a rejection nail...

Like Stephen King.

When it became Railroad Spike BIG I stuffed them in a drawer and scowled at the drawer.

I'm not sure where they are now, but that's okay because I'm too busy writing books....

But yes, hang onto them. Some you can learn from. Some you can just chalk up to experience. And some make great FIRE STARTERS.

You know, the ones that say, "Don't quit your day job..."

:)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Did Carol just invite Mary to sleep over?

Or Beverly?

Now THAT WOULD BE THE PAJAMA PARTY EVENT OF 2012!!!!

Mary and Beverly having hot chocolate at Carol's.

Teena gets the Princess bed, though. We are all okay with that in Seekerville. ;)

Joanne Sher said...

What an inspiring post! My rejections (and that's about all I've gotten) have motivated me to improve my craft so much. It helps to know how much work I have to go.

Dianna Shuford said...

Great advice, Beverly! I have kind of taken a similar approach to my rejections. I started a file in my computer for them since most rejections come by email now. Although I haven't sent as many queries out as I should have, I agree with you in that how an author views rejection will make the difference in reaching that publication point.

Would love to read your book too!

Pam Hillman said...

I have a folder full of rejections as well as a bunch on the computer after almost everyone went to email. I need to print those out. I'd hate to lose them!

Sometimes it's a good thing to pull that out and look at the path that led from a photocopied form letter...CROOKED, no less, to one addressed to ME personally, to a request for more. Just thinking about that journey makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Really! I'm not even being sarcastic.

I remember the first time I received a personalized rejection letter.

I was so excited and showed it to my husband. He looked at me like I'd lost my mind and said, "but they rejected it, right?"

"Yes, but it's addressed to MEEEEE!"

I think he actually responded, "Who else would it be addressed to?"

About 15 years later, he still doesn't understand... lol

Mary Connealy said...

EXCUSE ME RUTHY! THAT WAS NOT A VAGUE OFFER.
I definitely get Carol's princess bed.

Has it got a canopy, Carol. It must be beautiful.
So nice of you to offer.

sniffle.

Mary Connealy said...

HI BEVERLY

Thanks for stopping in.

Mary Connealy said...

Probably my worst rejection was from my agent, this was several agents ago. My current agent is the BEST.

But I didn't start at the top of agent-dom.

My agent (I'd already signed with her mind you) asked me to send her something, a proposal and three chapters. Which I did. The returned about three months later with a red STAMP on them rejecting me.

She hadn't recognized me.
She'd rejected me as if I was seeking representation.
SHE HADN'T READ ENOUGH TO FIGURE OUT THAT I WAS HER CLIENT!!!!!!!!

Mary Connealy said...

oh, WAIT. Never mind my last comment. We're supposed to be talking CHEERFULLY about rejections.

I forgot.

Linda Goodnight said...

How insightful, Beverly! In looking back, I realize I did the same kind of things as I learned to craft a story. But I have to admit to moping a bit after each one. Then, I'd dust off the old yellow notepad and go at it again.
Thank you for sharing.

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Welcome!!!! I love hearing about the experiences of a prolific writer. It is always so encouraging...even with rejection as the subject!

I am embarrassed to say this, but I do not have a single rejection. I sent out my first few queries in December and haven't heard back yet. I have plans to create a Red Rejection Notebook as soon as I start receiving those rejections that are sure to come.

Carol Moncado said...

It's not a princess bed. It's a Princess bed. A pretty white day bed [with purple nail polish accents] and Disney Princess sheets/comforter.

Someone else can have the Dora trundle bed. And by then I may have a Phineas and Ferb sheets/Mickey comforter bed too. There's also the pretty pink and butterfly and flower double bed.

And bunk beds.

We can kick all the kids to the floor in the living room ;). Or kick them and the hubby to his mom's house so we can have a par-tay.

Beverly is welcome. Mary. Teeeeeeena. Ruthy. Anyone who wants to come hang out and, uh, visit Mary's nephew is welcome.

Carol Moncado said...

And we'll have cookies for our par-tay. Most definitely.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I'm totally in on the Phineas and Ferb bed. DO NOT GIVE IT TO PEPPER.

Unless she agrees to do the theme song duet with me AGAIN. ;)

I love getting together with writers. And you know, we talked about how rejections are still a part of the published author's life. Not everything that drips from our pens spawns gold... Rumpelstiltskin we are not.

But it gives us practice and toughens us and reminds us that this is a business, not a past time.

And I love this business. Just love it.

Sylvia said...

I love Beverly's books. She is a fantastic writer and I do enjoy all the books of hers I have ever read.

Mary Connealy said...

Sherrinda, I hope you never do get a rejection. I hope they just buy it right now, first submission, SNAP you've sold.

There are many of us, however, for which that is not the path.

(please quietly sing one verse of God Bless the Broken Road)

And if you do end up with a rejection, just stop by here and re-read Bev's words later.

Mary Connealy said...

Wow, Ruthy, aren't you perky today.

I'm going to dig some pom pons out of the closet and mail them to you.

Get a picture of it.

Mary Connealy said...

Carol, how are you?
Healing?

I can't tell if you're so open house-y because you're feeling better or because you're still high as a kite.

Katherine Bone said...

Awesome post, Beverly! Rejection stings but if we try to look at things logically, we can use it to our advantage. It's taken me a good while to get to that point, and I'm not always good at it, but I've tried to use the 'doesn't work' as motivation to make it work.

You've chipped away the negative barriers on rejection so nicely here. Thanks!

Shelley said...

I love your books. You are my favorite author. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mary for having Beverly Lewis on here. She was my first ever author for Amish books, with "The Sunning" . I had seen it in the car of a friend when visiting MO. I've not been able to own all of her books, but have read them all. I would love to win this book and own another of her books. She is the Best. Thanks again. Maxie Anderson ( mac262@me.com )

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I've got pom poms, thanks.

You know, Beverly's "The Shunning" was my first intro to Amish fiction. And it was years ago. I still have that series on my keeper shelf.

But hey, Carol, unlike Mary who wants a CANOPY, I'm happy with mosquito netting. Because I'm not a FUSSY Seeker.

Carol Moncado said...

Uh... I don't have any mosquito netting...

But whoever has the Princess bed has to share with the Dora bed. Phineas and Ferb has their own room. The butterfly/flower does too but it's a double bed so may necessitate sharing depending on how many people show up. And then the bunk beds obviously is for more than one person. Probably Julie on the top bunk cuz she's little. But a big personality.

I'm feeling much better, thank you, Mary. I have some meds left for whenever this party is though because I think I'll need them afterward ;). I do need some Advil right about now though. Have a 'noseache'. That's like a headache but from my nose...

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

Someday, I hope to have a stack of rejections. So far, the list is two. Apparently I need to get on sending stuff out.

And Mary is correct about Husker game days in Nebraska. I usually go grocery shopping on game days if I don't want to watch the game.

Emily said...

Thanks for sharing Beverly. I just love your books. I haven't tried to publish any of my writings yet so I have no rejection letters to save. I just write stories for fun.

Pam Hillman said...

Hey, I'm seeing some new names and faces in Seekerville!

Welcome!!!! The door's wide open, so come on in, sit a spell and enjoy some of Helen's coffee, some sweet tea from way down South, or even some of Ruthy's UN-sweet stuff.

Pssst.....Ruthy, quit hogging the comfy recliner. We have guests!

CatMom said...

Welcome Beverly!! Thanks for such an encouraging post today. I so agree about keeping focused on the positive (yes, I'm an "eternal optimist"LOL) and learning from our heartbreaking experiences. (after all, for many of us a rejection can be heartbreaking!) ~ This is a keeper post, for sure, so thank you again. Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo Moore :)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Oh, hey, I'm totally giving up the comfy recliner and grabbing the Dora bed so Mary and I can share a room.

Actually I have a bajillion kids, so I can sleep on a fairly clean carpet with a halfway decent pillow. I am that easy.

Just bring chocolate, girls. ;)

Annie Rains said...

Thank you so much for your post and your words of encouragement! I have a notebook full of rejection slips also. It sits on my bookshelf among all of the novels I love, including yours. I'm very proud of my rejections because one day it'll lead to success.

Cindy W. said...

Having a book just for rejections sounds like a good idea. For one thing, once you make that first sale I believe the 'notebook' would help keep you grounded. I've yet to finish my WIP (starting late in life)but I look forward to the day I can submit & if I receive a rejection at least I can be proud that I finished my first MS.

Love your work Beverly! I love reading about the Amish...I also live in close proximity here in Northeast Indiana (not to far from Shipshewana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

Roxie said...

Your post was so encouraging and calming, thank you for that! Now I will face my first rejection with confidence and keep on going, like the turtle. Deep within myself I will know that even if I never get published, I will keep on writing, because I am a writer and that's what I want to be when I "grow up".
Thanks for sharing this with your readers, Beverly!
Roxie

Virginia said...

Mary, let me first give the current set up: our contractors didn't work the last week of gorgeous weather (I'm assuming an act of God happened to prevent any work). The last two days it has alternately poured and snowed, so all the large equipment has destroyed the lawn (I'm talking foot deep ruts). Now, the wind has picked up to about 40 mph (no rain) so my kids are out flying kites... in the MUD... and the foot deep puddles...

They've been in and out at least 6 times, my carpet is going to need shampooing, and we have kites on the neighbors roof.

Now. I read your first comment and chuckled. Then the Carol and Ruhthy's response and I laughed. Then you all started divying up sleeping spots and all my spent up frustration came out in a laughing fit.

So, my children thank you for getting them out of trouble. And probably the contractors thank you, too.

Virginia said...

Let me clarify: children and heavy equipment are NOT sharing space. We're not that free-range over here.

Lorna Faith said...

Thanks for your honesty Beverly, in sharing your journey, including your rejections:-) Your story motivates me to keep writing...thankyou for being here today!
Please enter my name in the drawing for your latest book...love them!

Lorna

Anonymous said...

Waiting for the next movie, enjoyed the other one. And want to read this new book, maybe I'll get lucky.

eveningstar888@aol.com

Loretta

MaryC said...

So this is where the fun has been today. And to think I missed it all.

Every single time I tried to read here today I got interrupted. I need a
VISITING SEEKERVILLE: DO NOT DISTURB
post to hang on my wall.

Beverly, thanks so much for offering your words of encouragement. It really helps when people who are successful remember what it was like back in the day.

I'm not sure where most of my rejections are at this point. I shredded a lot of stuff - including a manuscript (stupid stupid self) - in a fit of frustration one day. I then signed up for a Special Ed Master's Degree Program. (Not stupid, but didn't help my writing.) I haven't gotten any new ones since I gave in to the writing bug again, but when I do, I'll think of you. :)

Thanks!

MaryC said...

Mary, that agent rejection takes the cake. I hope you framed it.

Melanie Dickerson said...

A SEEKER SLEEPOVER PARTY AT CAROL'S HOUSE!!!!! Oh please can I come!?!?!?
It sounds soooooooo fun.

Carol Moncado said...

MELLIE!!!!!!!!!!

YOU BETTER BE HERE!

marybelle said...

It really is what you do with the rejection. How you take it.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Shari Barr said...

I just love all your books, Beverly. It's hard to believe you get rejections, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

Casey said...

*not an entry*

Beverly Lewis is one o my favorite authors, so to read about her great rejections and now almost all of her books are ending up on the NYT list. Inspiration. Thanks so much, Bev!

by Pegg Thomas said...

I first picked up a Beverly Lewis book in 1998 because of her name. You see, my mother had just passed away... and her name was Beverly Lewis. Seeing that name on the cover was startling, to say the least. Since then I've been a loyal reader of this Beverly Lewis and - of course - I think of my mom each time I pick up one of her books.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Janet Kerr said...

Welcome to Seekerville Beverly,

While no one likes rejections. It is just someone's idea....and I think if you ask 10 people...we will get 10 different ideas!
And then we have our own!

Your books sound wonderful!

Angie Adair said...

It's always a delight to read about Beverly. I got to meet her briefly this summer and have her sign a book for me. Rejection is a way for us to learn and grow. Am excited to learn that the Confession will be made into a movie! angadair@nwcable.net

MJ @ Creative Madness Mama said...

I loved this. Ive added Seekerville to my rss on my kindle fire, so hopefully I will stop by more often.