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Rejection fever.

This week has been an interesting week so far.

In my other business I achieved great success as a Beachbody coach and joined ICF as an associate member.

However, with my writing I found out early this morning that:  (1) I did not final in the LERA (Land of Enchantment Romance Writers) contest called the Rebecca; and (2) I received my first rejection on my hockey boys contemporary short story.

I still have 3 other publishers to be rejected by in the next few weeks so I’ll put that on the back burner.

Why?  Because as a writer seeking publication you have to keep going.  I have to finish my manuscript for Dellarte this year (vanity publisher) and I have to work on revisions of the other two.  Then, submit to publishers and then keep going.  I’m going to pitch again at the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans in 2014 and I’m going to keep trying.  I have no other choice: writing is a demanding pursuit of mine.  I do it because I love it.

I’m in the Savvy Authors mentor ship program with author Eliza Knight for my fishing village contemporary.  I should finish that by Feb 2014.  And, submit that.  And, wait another 8 weeks for a reply on that submission.

I will never give up.  My hero Maggie Shaye took five years to be published.  Hers is a story of triumph and success after years of perseverance.  I’ve only been pitching since late 2011. I have one finished ms after massive revisions with the CTRWA and NJRWA mentor programs a few weeks ago when my initial pitches did not hook anything.

So here’s to a weekend of education and Word on the Street volunteering!  I’ve got to go write 500 more words…



And then write another ms.



  1. Julia Phillips Smith on September 20, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    The hardest part of being a writer is also the best part — everything you put out there is 100% you, and when you get stalled by a pass from a publisher or a less-than-enthusiastic review, it’s a different feeling than with most other jobs. But the day comes when your manuscript is bought and the reviews are excited about the story as much as you are. You are in the game and you are a writer. Long live your passion to be a storyteller.

  2. Shawna on September 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Never give up! You know what I think. Rejection is a big success! It means you put something out there and gave it a shot. So many writers never writer, never finish, never submit. You’re ahead of the game!

    • Tara MacDonald on September 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I’m going to get a bigger rejection file than you did over the next few years… 😉 Because that’s the not giving up part…

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