Are you sitting down? I have something to tell you.
I submitted a manuscript for publication in December.
It was rejected.
I thought I would crumble and never want to write again. I had worked hard (but who doesn't?) and I thought it was good. Really good. Epic.
I was wrong.
So the good news is that I can see what needs work, what is too cliché or too simplistic. And I've been reading books about how to fix, how to improve, how to create a voice of my own.
The other good news, potentially great news, is that one editor who read my manuscript was supportive and encouraging while critiquing my work. She gave suggestions and offered to look at my next project once I finished it.
So even though I was disappointed, I wasn't crushed. I did have to take time away from everything for a little while - hence my abscence here for two months. But it was time well spent as I learned more and pushed myself instead of wallowing or moping.
My desk is still clean. I'm getting up early every morning to write. And I love it. Each rejection gets me closer to being the writer I want to be, and for that I am thankful.
PS - In case you're curious, my manuscript had nothing to do with the Between Souls series and wasn't even in the Young Adult genre. I'm trying new things all the time, and I actually finished a whole novel aside from my first series. I'm not giving up on Between Souls, just keeping things fresh.