Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday. Do you believe it’s almost September? Where did the summer go? Well, we are happy you took the time to join us! It means so much!

Here is this week’s challenge:

How do you handle it when your work is rejected?

It would be impossible to imagine anyone likes rejection, or ever gets used to it. You pour your heart and soul into a book, agonize over it, break it down, build it back up, lose sleep worrying if it’s right, and if you’ve said all that you meant to in the best possible way and then…

After waiting for what seems forever, you get a form letter or worse, crickets. It’s terrible, painful, and even heart-breaking. But the difference between failure and success is, after a pity party, you pick yourself up and send it out again, knowing the same result could happen. But then, maybe not.

I remember my first contract. After what seemed like hundreds of rejections, I got THE letter. All of a sudden, all the pain was forgotten. A publisher liked my book enough to publish it!

After that, rejections weren’t quite so painful, because I knew I just hadn’t sent it to the right person for my new book. Yet.

It would be great if those rejections came with an explanation of why. They don’t very often. So it’s up to me to decide what I want to do. And, if I believe it’s the best I can make it, I just sent it out again. Because the only true failure is quitting.

And anyway, I write because I’m a writer. It makes me happy. And when you find something in life that’s fulfilling, that brings you joy, I say go for it, no matter what anyone else says.

Now let’s hop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and see how she handles it…

But first! Guess what’s available in Audio…

Defiance (Book 4 of the Demon Hunter series) Out in Audio.

 The Demon Hunters are about to face their biggest test, and they’ll need a lady to make the grade….

Lady Serena Thurston had big plans—attend the best balls, meet a fine gentleman, get married, have a child or two, and live happily ever after. But plans change. Serena knows firsthand what demons can do, and nothing will stand in the way of her goal to become a Demon Hunter—not even her absentee fiancé.

Tad Douglass is furious his fiancée has enrolled in the Demon Hunters’ school. Admittedly, he should have been more attentive after her capture by demons, but important Hunter business demanded his presence. Now, he’s forced to watch her transformation from an innocent young woman to a formidable Hunter. He’ll use every resource at his disposal to change her mind and return her to the simple life of a debutante.

When people go missing in London, Serena and Tad must investigate—together. The mistrust and love simmering between them during their perilous mission is brought to a boil at the gateway to Hell. With the lines between good and evil blurred, and death lurking at every turn, it will take a leap of faith to embrace this new partnership—as heroes and as lovers.


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