What do Harper Lee, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dr. Seuss have in common?


Why, they all have new stories to release. Recently, several forgotten manuscripts have been found hidden in attics and other forgotten places, and the literary world is the better for it. 

Perhaps the most anticipated of the three stories that history returned to us is Harper Lee's followup to the classic, To Kill A Mockingbird. I do believe 55 years is a long enough wait to drum up some excitement surrounding the sequel's debut.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's latest story was found in a pamphlet in an attic, but will find a new home in a Scottish museum. The lost short story was included in the pamphlet to raise money to build a bridge. Little did they know then that two bridges were built, and one engineered a trip back in time for Sherlock Holmes' fans to sneak a peek at yet another one of his adventures.

Dr. Seuss' new book may be a surprise to readers, but his widow and secretary weren't shocked at all when they found the lost manuscript. They knew he worked on multiple projects simultaneously. The release of, What Pet Should I Get? follows the release of two other Dr. Seuss books in the last three years. 

Rare literary gems like these are treats for readers whose beloved authors have passed away. So whether you're a big fan of the Lee's iconic characters, Sherlock Holmes' investigative style, or the siblings from, One Fish, Two Fish, you've got some great summer reading waiting for you. The only caveat is that Holmes fans may have to travel to Scotland and read through a glass case. However, that's not the worst reason I've heard to take a trip across the pond.

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Rejections Are Really Just Mile Markers

If someone had told me before I became a writer that the industry was very much like sales, I may not have pursued this career track. 

I was never a big fan of sales, but that was probably because I was rarely in a position to sell products I believed in. In addition to that, my younger self didn't like the discomfort of being told, "No, thanks."

I've never been happier than I am with my current career choice, and that is largely because writing has taught me how to handle constant rejection. My job is teaching me how to be a stronger person. What's not to love about that?

Perspective plays a big part in this, as does endurance. Those who perservere through the first five, ten, even fifteen rejections will find the editor or agent that is just right for their piece. Or they may find another piece that's an even better fit for the current market and more exciting to work on. That's why I've come to see rejections as merely mile markers. 

The first few rejections for a piece help me to adjust my pitch to make it more marketable when I send it out again. The next few rejections let me know I'm getting closer to a potential acceptance. If I still get rejections, and don't make a sale, I know that either my timing is off or my attention needs to be redirected to a more worthwhile piece. Not everything I think is interesting will captivate readers. And that's okay.

Sometimes, the issue isn't even in my control. Another author may have beat me to the assignment. That's never what I want to hear, but it doesn't decrease my passion for writing or mean that I'm not talented enough to belong in my chosen profession. 

The door isn't always closed either. A good pitch that fails sometimes leads to a completely different assignment from an editor. Those assignments are just as rewarding as the ones that originate with me. 

Rejections are just mile markers that let you know where you are in the pitch process. Don't let them sting. They aren't personal. Even the writers you admire the most have received their fair share of rejection letters. The reason you know their names and work today lies within them. Their endurance and passion helped them look past the rejections toward the acceptances. 

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Some Querying Advice

Here's a little advice to help my fellow writers with the querying process, which can be rather tedious.

Six Websites the Streamline the Querying Process

Thanks so much to The Writing Cafe for allowing me to guest post.

Be sure to share any other helpful websites or resources in the comments section below.

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