The Shifter by Janice Hardy

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve posted a review of Janice Hardy’s The Shifter. It is on my review blog, Bookshelf: What We’re Reading.

For those of you who aren’t quite certain what the difference is between a middle grade and a young adult novel, pick up this book as well as The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Both books deal with life and death situations, deceit and sexual tension. They both have teens fixing problems created by adults.

But one is for tweens and the other for teens.  Read them and see if you can pick out just how the authors have done it.


Rejection Letters — Nothing New Under the Sun

I had to laugh when I read this post on Cheryl Klein’s blog.

The post is about a gift that Klein received from her grandfather.  What did he give this new editor?

Can you guess?

A 110-year-old rejection letter.

While Klein wrote about how this letter is an excellent example of what a rejection letter could and should be, I found myself wondering how the recipient had responded to this blue-ribbon letter.  Was he tickled beyond belief to by the recipient of a first-place rejection?  Was he the one who framed it?

I doubt it, but I bet he reacted a lot like other writers you know.  Maybe he sighed and then simply got back to work.  After all, he had a magazine to put out.  Maybe he stomped around and griped for a while about the editor and then, once he had calmed down, reread the letter.  It might have even helped him improve the piece in question.  My greatest hope is that he did not write the editor a snippy response — he probably didn’t since he was, in fact, a publisher.

My point?  Rejection letters — both the helpful and those that are much less so — are nothing new.  As long as there have been writers seeking to sell their writing, there have been rejection letters.  The best thing that you can do in the face of this age old writing nemesis is to keep writing, improve your work, and learn to better evaluate possible markets.

You have to get published, you know.  That way when someone in the future unearths your rejection letter and does a search on your name, they’ll be able to find out what you wrote.