Next week might just be the biggest, most exciting week on my blog. Ever.
On Monday, I’ll feature a conversation with Yuvi Zalkow, whose debut novel A Brilliant Novel in the Works will be released on Tuesday. You may know him as the hilarious purveyor of the Failed Writer series of presentations. He’s a longtime friend and important member of my personal writing community.
Then on Thursday, bestselling author Selden Edwards will join the Seven Questions interview series. His answers are truly inspiring, and I’m so honored to have him participate.
His debut novel, The Little Book, earned acclaim when it was published in 2008, and Thursday marks the launch of his second book, The Lost Prince. You can read more about this prequel/sequel here, and then stay tuned for Thursday’s interview.
But for now, as we wait for these two special book launches, I’ve cooked up a fun event. There are prizes involved, so keep reading.
Are you ready for Rejection Week?
These two authors are very different, and their books may appeal to different kinds of readers, but what they have in common is a message that all of us writers need to hear:
Don’t give up. Keep writing.
Selden started The Little Book in 1974 while at Stanford, and despite rounds of rewrites and rejections every six years or thereabouts, he kept revising until he perfected the story, earned an agent and landed a contract with Dutton. The book is incredibly detailed, layered and structured. It’s the kind of novel that’s chock-full of plot and big ideas but it’s also beautifully written. No wonder it became a bestseller! I just love this book and can’t wait to read The Lost Prince.
Yuvi’s first presentation about the writing life featured rejections and his eventual publication in Glimmer Train. The failed writer theme evolved from there. (If you missed it, here are his thoughts on being a successful failed writer.) His book is a wild romp through a neurotic writer’s mind, and along with laugh-out-loud passages, it offers poignant meditations on family, illness and crippling self-doubt.
In honor of these two persistent, successful writers, who kept working despite rejections, I’m officially declaring this Rejection Week here on my blog and asking you to share a rejection story here in the comments.
Come on–you know you want to dish!
To make the rejection sting a little sweeter, I’m giving away TWO books to two lucky winners, a copy of Yuvi’s A Brilliant Novel in the Works and a flipback book. Everyone who comments will get one chance to win. If you promote this contest on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or your own blog, you will get one extra chance to win per social media outlet, but remember to come back here and tell me where you promoted it so I can add your extra chance into the hat.
I’ll use Random.org (instead of a hat) to determine the two winners on Friday, August 10, after closing the giveaway at 5 p.m. West Coast time. Winners will be notified here in the comments. If I don’t hear back from a winner within seven days, I’ll choose a new one. If possible, I will let the winners choose which book they want, but I reserve the right to make the final choice depending on availability.
As a special bonus, if we get more than 20 entries, I’ll give away three books to make your odds of winning better. If we get more than 40 entries, I’ll give away four books.
Ready, set, go! What was your worst rejection? Your best? Your funniest? Your first? Your most recent? How did an acceptance feel after a rejection? Have you ever stopped writing after a rejection? This is just an appetite whetting exercise, as Yuvi’s epic Fear and Failure Experiment will be happening all next week, so pop over and find out how to participate.