Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Persistence vs Rejection

Along with the check for a piece of my art sold at the Gallery show last Friday, was a rejection letter. I didn't have to open it to know what it was, as it was one of my own envelopes with matching addresses top left and center. It was an unsigned form letter along with a recently submitted essay. Rejection letters. I have a drawer full.

Well, I have three other possibles for this essay on my submissions spreadsheet, so I'll revise the letter, put it in a new envelope with a fresh SASE and send it off again. I wish all publications accepted e-submissions, but they don't. I'll update my spreadsheet for this essay: one down, one pending, two waiting in the wings.

I keep this quote by Calvin Coolidge taped and/or framed and hung in several places in my home: my studio, my computer, the fridge, my vision board.

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

Persistence is the key to anyone's success, and I will persist.

1 comment:

6512 and growing said...

Grrr. I just got a story returned that had been retained by a big magazine for almost TWO years. Needless to say, I am annoyed, but persisting!