Date Published: 10/11/2013
Hidden powers. Otherworldly boyfriends. FORBIDDEN SECRETS.
For Aislinn Moore, attending college at seventeen isn’t a big deal. Not when compared to the difficulties associated with seeing ethereal beings and having prophetic dreams.
As Aislinn learns to surmount the obstacles of her talents, she awakens something inside herself—an ancient memory, long forgotten. She senses there are reasons for her gifts, but remains unable to understand them.
When Alexander Welch enters her life, she learns of the Ewlishash—the hope bringers—and thinks she may have found her answer. Alexander is sexy, sweet, and his talents are like something straight out of a Sci-Fi flick. Aislinn wonders if she may be like him, but the more she tries to fit his mold, the more her instincts scream that her destiny holds something even greater.
Guest Post ~ How to Avoid the Rejection Blues
This topic is hard to discuss because some people just don’t seem to care they’ve gotten a rejection. They’re confident and understand that a rejection isn’t necessarily a reflection of who they are as a writer. There are all sorts of things that play into a rejection, it may not be the right genre for that particular publisher, they may have something similar coming out from another author, or maybe the tone isn’t what they’re looking for. In the end, you’re still getting the rejection. To most of us, they sting no matter what the reasons are.
I find what works best for me is to just keep reminding myself that a rejection isn’t a reflection of my writing. Granted, it can be. Taking part in workshops, critique groups, and even having several people look over your query or whatever it is you’re submitting, can make the difference in determining why you got the rejection. Ultimately, though, so many factors weigh in. If one place rejects it, I submit elsewhere. And I always keep working on new projects while submitting older works. To this day, I know some authors who’ve published novels, at least a hundred short stories, and still, they can get certain works rejected if they don’t fit anywhere. So many authors that are published with larger houses are also utilizing indie markets for the stuff that they can’t place with their current publisher.
I think it’s just important to remember there are many options. You can’t give up or stop. Just keep writing, keep sending stuff out, and if you really aren’t getting anywhere, see if you can attend a writing workshop where you can get more detailed feedback on your work and your query letter. I did that with an agent and it was very helpful to find that my queries were going straight to the rejection pile simply because I put too much information up front. One thing he taught me was if you have three confusing things or topics, as in a world building concept or group of people the reader will need to learn about, the slush reader will generally toss it. I had the Ewlishash, the Jarwin, and the Celestial Guardians mentioned in my query, which was way too much. The person reading it had no idea who any of these parties were. Once I said, “A group of higher dimensional beings” then the query read much smoother. So keep it interesting and yet simple. Most of all, understand we all get rejections, and lots of them. Even some of the most famous and successful writers got rejections. They happen all the time and will continue to happen. As authors, it is up to us not to give up on our dreams.
Alaina Ewing lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two boys. She holds a degree in Multimedia Production and is the Assistant Chair for Cascade Writers, a nonprofit Milford-style workshop. She also makes jewelry, dream catchers, and enjoys working with herbs and essential oils.
Her first novel, The Heart-Shaped Emblor, releases October 11, 2013 with Evil Girlfriend Media. The novel is the first in the Ewlishash Series. Read more about Alaina at www.alainayewing.com.
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