by Brittany Geragotelis
I can hardly believe it, but this is my 100th post! Time sure flies when you're writing blogs.
You know, I first started this blog because I was knee-deep in trying to find myself a new agent and I figured that my having a blog would look good on my writing resume. But to be honest, a big part of the reason I started http://brittanythebookslayer.blogspot.com is because at the time I was dealing with a lot of rejection. I was getting "no's" left and right and was beginning to feel pretty down. You can only hear that you're a great writer and that an agent loves your writing and your story...just not enough to take you on as a client, before wanting to call it quits for good. So, yes, I originally started this blog as an outlet; a way of getting my writing out there to the public, minus the rejection.
So, I guess it's only fitting that I'm writing my 100th post just a few days after getting my first rejection of my latest manuscript, Painless.
The difference is, this time I have a little more encouragement on my side. I have all my amazing readers out there who log in on a daily basis and make me feel like my writing isn't for nothing. Sure, the rejection hurts. I don't think there's a writer out there who doesn't feel the sting despite how often it happens. But the fact that people enjoy reading what I write—book or blog—well, that feels pretty darn good.
So, as for the recent rejection. I gave myself a day to feel a bit blue. Let my super awesome boyfriend take me to Target (the new one that just opened up in the city; btw, if you haven't been yet...it's AWESOME!) and buy me a present (a cool new notebook), take me to dinner at our favorite gluten-free asian cuisine restaurant, Lili & Loo, watch Despicable Me at 86th St and end the night with a stop at Pinkberry.
And after having my night of feeling sad, I let it go and devised my Plan B, which will include a few revisions of Painless before I start sending it out to another round of agents (and a few publishers that have offered to take a look). In the meantime, I have this blog...and all of you who are great enough to read it! Thanks for logging on for 100 Posts!