Today I resurected a manuscript for middle school aged kids. I had written it several years ago and thought it was wonderful. It had several close maybes and many rejections before I stopped sending it out. As I read it now, I realize how passive my voice was. I am now making it more active. I had planned to finish rewriting it this weekend and send it out but as I read through I see more and more to rework so submitting it will have to wait a little longer.
When I complained to Ian abut having 27 rejections on another piece of writing his response was, "and how many rejections did Dr. Suess have?" (I had heard 57.) I guess I had forgotten what I tell the writers who attend my workshops. Don't give up. It only takes one person to say yes.
Back to my editing now.