My manuscript is not good enough! Woo hoo! I got my first rejection letter. Why am I excited? @ProgNagger says it best: "Congratulations! It means you are in the game."
Plus, I was expecting this result. I have learned enough in the 6 weeks since I submitted to know the MS wasn't my best. And that means I am moving from Uninformed Pessimism to Informed Pessimism!
What am I talking about? The Transition Curve of course. I remember drawing this many times for (fellow) yuppies back in my previous life in Corporate America.
Everyone starts in "Uninformed Optimism." You are doing something new, and the challenge is exciting. You are going to be the best accountant/librarian/juggler ever!
Then some gray clouds start to move in. You realize the job is going to be more difficult than hoped. You don't know what you need to do to be successful. I now realize my blog about getting out of a rut was a good dose of "Uninformed Pessimism."
You screw up enough that you finally begin to compile a long list of the things you don't know. In "Informed Pessimism" you still don't know what you are doing, but you are becoming more aware of the missing skills and knowledge. There is comfort in knowing what you don't know. (Yay, me!)
The brave and tough are able to gain the needed skills and move into "Informed Optimism." You start to deliver on deadlines and expectations. Success breeds more optimism. You can do this. In fact you do it every day.
Oh the flames at the bottom right? That's the crash and burn section. I think it goes without saying you should try not to crash and burn.
I still have a lot of rejection to look forward to. I am only on the first rung of Charlotte Dillon's rejection ladder- the photocopied stock rejection letter. http://www.charlottedillon.com/RejectionLetters.html
If watching Barbie and the Three Musketeers 37 times has taught me anything, it is that you can do anything you set your mind to as long as you try.