As a writer, we all have to face many rejections in the process of trying to become published and it can be difficult, depressing, and leave us doubting ourselves. But it's all a part of the process for developing thick skin and ultimately, sticking to our guns, believing in ourselves, and hopefully published.
I was asked by someone the other day, how do I handle rejection from family and friends? How did I handle it when a close family member doesn't show interest or even request a copy of my book?
My answer was... I cry... a lot... it hurts... but it doesn't stop me from getting back into the game.
I think probably every writer has or will experience rejection from a loved one, but WHY is my question. However, I have no answer for that.
Sure, not everyone in our families is expected to love what we write, but shouldn't they at least try?
In my experience, I think some people don't take writing for children seriously. Especially us picture book writer's. And I do understand how people who know nothing about it, would feel that way. But that's no excuse for close family or dear friend's to reject our work.
We are writer's, we have feelings, and we work really hard and passionately at our craft. It's bad enough that we have to deal with all the rejection, waiting, rudeness, and being ignored from some submission editors... but shouldn't we at least be treated with respect from those close to us?
We also shouldn't have to endure rejection from other writer's. We all need to be there for each other, whether or not we've published one book, twenty, or none.
I know that I try the best way I can to support other writer's. It doesn't mean I can buy everyone's book, but there are other ways of support for instance: sharing Facebook posts concerning other writer's books; commenting on other writer's blogs; or conducting author interview's on our blogs.
I for one am going to try to do better this year with supporting my fellow writer's and I challenge the rest of you to do the same. Let's share the love!