Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Did you know there are perils in posting online? Yes, take it from me – when you put something out there (before you’ve thought it through thoroughly), this maneuver can and will come back and haunt you.

In my case, the above paragraph refers to my blog post on September 26. The post told my adoring fans (yes, I do dream) about the appointment I had with an agent at a writer’s conference - and how he wanted to see my proposal for my book.

After I sent off the media blitz to tell everyone my ‘news’ I sit down and perfected my proposal and emailed it to the agent. No need to worry - the fine print stated it could take up to three months to hear back from them.

Imagine my surprise when I received an email five days later. Before I opened it, I sent some prayers heavenward, hoping they had answered with a resounding YES.

Instead, the email read: “While this is a good offering, I've been checking our contacts and right at this point in time we’re not working in a market where it competitively fits…”

Not exactly the news I’d hoped and prayed for – but I knew I’d live through this rejection, as I had many other times. 

So, in closing, the next time you want to share earth shattering news with the masses - think before you send out the proclamation. The reason: it might come back and haunt you when you have to tell them your not-so-good news.

Love ya,

PS: Please tell me I’m not the only one who has done this!!!


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Annette O'Hare said...

Oh girl, I've done that so many times, that I'm hesitant to even make prayer requests about my writing. As soon as you hit the send button, the prayer warriors want to know when they can buy the book. Sigh...

Stacey said...

I don't think you did anything wrong. I think it is good to share your hopes and dreams with your friends and family. They want to know what is happening in your writing life. Solider on, dear lady. Look upward and onward. Hugs to you!!

dwanreed said...

Janetta, good insight. I've done this so many times. You would think I would learn by now. Thanks for the reminder. And, keep writing. You are awesome!