No, this isn’t quite a beauty post, although it probably could be.
As aspiring writers, we’re urged to grow thick skin in order to deal with the inevitable rejections we will face. Let me tell you, I got some pretty interesting rejections this past weekend.
I’ve been attending some local craft fairs and events trying to get my name out there. We have exactly ONE major book retailer in town and I’m not comfortable jacking up the price where it would have to be just to break even. So to the little fairs I go.
Saying hi will get people to turn their head and respond, but rarely get them to stop. I had several parents stop but when they found out it was romance not fit for anyone under 16, they kept walking. I heard the phrase “I’m not a reader” more times than I could count. I also had several people stop and say congratulations on the accomplishment.
Then there are the “I don’t see you” people who immediately turn toward the booth across from you as soon as you make eye contact. These people are actually pretty funny to watch. Like I’m a leper whose going to ooze puss all over them and infect them with my stories. Eek!!! Yeah, that was graphic, but like I said it was funny to watch.
I do think my favorite rejection (is that an oxymoron? favorite rejection?) was a woman who came over, said hello and asked about the books. I’m not sure what I said but halfway through the first sentence she said “Thank you” and walked away. I remember staring for a second, then laughing. Ah well. I’m rehoning my people skills and getting my elevator pitch down to a science!
I think if I focused on the negative I would never go out in public again. But there were enough people truly interested to make it worth the time. I’m just hoping they remember our conversation and try at least one of my books.
I want to know. What was your favorite rejection?