Friday, March 15, 2013

Should Rejection be Personal?

Tell me what you think, because frankly, I think there was a better way to go about this.

My son tried out for the middle school baseball team. He didn’t make it. That’s okay. Disappointment is part of life. 

The tryouts lasted seven days. Yes, you read that correctly. No one is getting paid to be on this team. I don’t think, anyway. I’m not sure why it takes seven days to figure out who can hit, run, and catch, but that’s not the point here.

The point is he was told he didn’t make the team in a boiler plate rejection letter that was handed out at the end of the last day. I know the sting of receiving an impersonal rejection letter from editors and agents. Letters that start, Dear Author, thanks, but no thanks. I put my blood sweat and tears into my work and it hurts to get a rejection letter that a cold blooded zombie could’ve written. These boys put their backs into those tryouts. Didn’t their effort afford them a little more than a form letter from teachers that walk the halls of the school amongst the rejected everyday?

Have we become a society void of personal contact? Has the land of Twitter and Facebook enticed us to believe the impersonal is appropriate no matter the message? Have we lost all sense of kindness because it is easier to type the message than look someone in the eye and have to feel uncomfortable delivering bad news? Or are we just plain lazy? It’s too much work to talk, to muster up a smile when you don’t feel like it, to shake the hand of a young boy and say, good try, but here’s where you need to improve. What’s next? Rejection via text message?

I say shame on those coaches for taking the easy way out. They would have taught the boys who didn’t make it far more about life by looking them in the eye and delivering the news than what they will ever teach on the baseball field.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Next Big Thing–Blog Hop

How psyched was I when middle grade writer Leslie Zampetti tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop! (You can click on Leslie’s name to read her Next Big Thing blog post and all her other great posts as well.)

The Next Big Thing is a blog tour showcasing authors and their work. Each author must answer the ten questions below and then “tag” other authors they think are the next big thing! What fun! Who doesn’t love a good game of tag?! (Make sure to read all the way to the bottom so you can see who I tagged as the Next Big Thing!)

What is the working title of your book?

Welcome to Kata-Tartaroo.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I had been writing adult thrillers and speaking at elementary and middle schools about creative writing. My husband and critique partners said, “why aren’t you writing a book for the kids you speak to?” One morning my son told me about his nightmare. He was stuck in hell and the only way out was to climb a staircase and answer math questions. I thought, “What a great idea for a book!”

What genre does your book fall under?

Middle-grade fantasy adventure.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

If I am blessed to have my book made into a movie I will be happy with whoever is casted!

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

What if a thirteen year-old Lesser boy lands in the scariest place imaginable and has twenty-four hours to collect three mystical objects or he and his Moor friends will be lost forever?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Good question. I’ll keep you posted on that one. Decision will be made soon.

How long did it take you to write your first draft?

Nine months. It was like giving birth!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I think readers of The Maze Runner or The Lightning Thief would enjoy Welcome to Kata-Tartaroo.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My children. My husband. My critique partners. Without any of them I would be lost.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

It’s a fast paced action adventure. The characters race through a magical forest and encounter all kinds of creatures some that eat you whole, some that want to steal your treasures. Every chapter will leave the reader wanting more.

I think the Next Big Thing is:

Contemporary Romance Writer, M. Kate Quinn

Paranormal Romance Writer, KM Fawcett

Paranormal Romance Writer, Shari Nieschmidt