Don’t Let Rejections Keep You from Writing or Submitting

I haven’t been rejected much lately, but just because I haven’t submitted much. I’m still working on my novel and I have a terrific assignment.

I’ve looked at my old picture book manuscripts, and most of them just don’t work for the current market. I have a new one that’s close, but I won’t have time to work on it this week.

Anyway, back to rejections. Everybody who sends work out gets them, even famous award-winning writers. I’ve come across some great posts on the subject that are worth sharing.

Thursdays with Amanda: Rejections Don’t Determine Your Worth as a Writer | Chip MacGregor .com.

What Does it Really Take to Get a Picture Book Published?

Find out how a new picture book, Flap, came to be in this interview by Laura Miller.

Meet Alison Kipnis Hertz, Author of Flap! « Laura Miller (a.k.a. Grandmamiller).

PiBoIdMo Day 9: Kelly Light Drives Through Roadblocks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

If you have ever been told you couldn’t do something, or that you should just give up, here’s an article you should read right now. It isn’t just for writers or illustrators. It’s for everyone with a dream.

PiBoIdMo Day 9: Kelly Light Drives Through Roadblocks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

PiBoIdMo Day 5: Just Keep Running Like James Burks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Even if you are not doing any of the challenges this November, you can take a giant step toward completing a current project by reading some of the blogs, following Facebook pages, or downloading resources. Today’s post on Tara Lazar’s blog is from James Burks, a graphic novelist, but is not about writing, at least not directly. It is about becoming a runner. It’s a quick read and worth it. The link below will take you there.

PiBoIdMo Day 5: Just Keep Running Like James Burks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

Coot Morning

This morning we walked at Red Rocks Lake near Fruita, Colorado. The golden leaves on cottonwoods by the Colorado are turning brittle and brown. Many have fallen off.

The air is on edge with flocks of birds headed south along the flyway. Some land in the trees. Others rest on the lakes. It is a time of nervousness, excitement, and peril.

For today write about:

  • a journey
  • a local animal migration
  • being a target
  • hunting
  • a refuge

Near the end of the day instead of its start, here’s mine:


It doesn’t seem fair

that coots

should be so

sadly designed,

with feet

not as webbed

as more

efficient water birds

and wings so weak

they must

run across

the water

to take off

from the lake.

On winter ice

they wander

among larger

birds like


Even their

name is

plain and simple.

though tinged

with shady character.

Where they go

in summer

I do not know,

but every fall

they flock back.

Though less

than fair,

the coots


copyright Linda J. Armstrong, 10/28/2012; all rights reserved


How to Deal With Revision Fatigue | Nathan Bransford, Author

How to Deal With Revision Fatigue | Nathan Bransford, Author.

Are you sick of revising your book? Good news! It happens to everybody.