Here's the thing.
None of the rejections get easier. That's why I celebrate them. When was the last time you were told no 18 times? It's probably been a while, if ever. But the reality for an author is that 18 "no's" are pretty standard. In fact, that's a pretty low number of rejections. A lot of authors give up or revise a book after 100 rejections, so lets just say I have a long way to go.
I've submitted to 47 places. I've been asked for one full manuscript. I have one dream publisher I haven't heard back from yet that I should've weeks ago.
Yesterday was a high, and today is a low.
And that's okay.
With each rejection, I take the time to celebrate it as an accomplishment. It's weird to give it closure, but it truly does make the experience of someone telling me "This isn't good enough" easier. Yesterday I celebrated my 14th rejection (yes, I'm a little behind) and below is the video for that. If you'd like to be a part of the conversation, I engage with my Facebook following on my author page and I'd love to hear from you.
As always, thank you for reading. I know another high day is coming.
Stay tuned for information on the next rejection celebration (Rejection #15) as it will be a special one. Every 5 rejections I read a little of the book, and I'd love to have you join in the conversation and pick out a couple of poems for me to read.