A few years ago a literary agent turned me down after he read my query letter and a couple chapters of my manuscript. After I received the rejection, I responded to his email with a question. “So is it the lack of platform,” I asked him, “or the quality of the writing…or both?”
He answered quickly. “To tell you the truth, Michelle, it’s both,” the agent wrote. “You don’t have a strong enough platform yet, but the bigger issue right now is your voice. Your writing is okay, but your voice needs work.”
Staring at that terse reply on my computer screen, I felt like I’d been flattened by a steamroller. Fourteen times.
“Okay? Okay!? My writing is ‘okay’? My voice needs work?” I ranted at the computer. “Two years it took me to write this stupid book, and you tell me it’s ‘okay’? That it needs work? Are you kidding me?”
…Spiritual Misfit was rejected more times than it was accepted, but as they say in this business, it only takes one “yes.” I’m writing a little more about the story behind the book for the “Moving Beyond Mediocrity” series over at The High Calling. Join me over there…