Ah, the sound of silence.
It’s great when I’m writing, but it’s not so great for my writing, if you know what I mean.
I used to think rejections were the worst part of being a writer, but now I know that’s not true.
Silence is worse.
I’m talking about a complete, total lack of response.
Did the editor or agent receive my query? Are they too busy to read it, or should I take their deafening silence as a no? Are they taking the summer off?
Do they…gasp…actually have lives?
Pitching to magazines has been the toughest challenge so far. I knew writing for more prominent publications would take time, and that I’d have to pitch, pitch, pitch.
I expected rejection letters, and lots of them, but what I didn’t expect was silence.
Out of fifteen pitches, I’ve heard back from two editors. One was a positive response, thankfully (I may be writing for her in the fall!), and one was referring me to another editor. At least I know that email went through.
I’m a bit staggered by this, I must admit. Form letters are starting to look really good to me. At least I know where I stand when I receive one of those.
Lately this has been getting to me, more than it probably should. I’ve been wondering what it’s all for, and if there’s any point at all to submitting my work, when it’s way too early to ask those questions.
I’ve always been incredibly honest on this blog, and I’m not going to start lying now. Sometimes it’s really difficult to keep going, to keep trying. I’ve had moments when I’ve seriously wondered if I’m cut out for this writing thing. I’m afraid that it might take more strength and perseverance than I have to succeed.
This blog has been pretty quiet too, and combined with the lack of response to my submissions and pitches, that’s a whole lotta silence. If I lived by an ocean, I’d be screaming into it by now. (I’ve heard that’s a thing.)
Has anyone else experienced this kind of silence? How did you keep going when you were feeling completely defeated? If anyone reading this freelances for prominent magazines, I’d love to know whether or not this is normal.
Hello darkness, my old friend….
Thanks for reading!