Rejection—who needs it?!
By Beverly Lewis
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.
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.
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.
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
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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?
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