by Tanya Goodwin
We’ve heard it more times than we would like to admit.
“Dear Jane/John: Thanks for your submission. Unfortunately, it’s not right for us at this time.”
“Your manuscript is not a good fit for us.”
I have a folder full of these rejections, and as I speak or communicate with other writers, in person or on various yahoo groups, I am far from alone. But, I’ve been feeling a bit of a misfit lately.
So while mulling over this “misfit” dilemma, a movie classic popped into my head. Although Christmas was months ago, I thought of RUDOLPH THE RED –NOSED REINDEER.
Talk about the ultimate misfits!
Rudolph, a reindeer with a glowing red nose, whose father is embarrassed by his son’s uniqueness, unsuccessfully tries to cover up his “defect”.
Hermey, an elf whose heart is in dentistry and not toy making.
Bumble, a very misunderstood abominable snow monster.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Rudolph, if that’s possible, here’s a spoiler alert: it all turns out just fine. They’re all victorious.
Rudolph saves Christmas by leading Santa and his toy-filled sleight through a blizzard.
Hermey hangs up his ELF dental shingle. Yes, apparently elves get cavities.
And those misfit toys? Santa delivers them to children thrilled to receive them.
So what does this have to do with you and your quest for publication?
Well, your “misfit manuscript” is your unique work. Your voice. And like those toys who are dropped into the hands of squealing children, you’ll find that agent or editor who can’t wait to grab hold of your glowing words.
Even Bumble got to put the star on the Christmas tree. Your star is coming.♥
When not writing, Tanya Goodwin (aka Sylvia Tatiana Goodwin, MD, nee Vlasenko) delivers babies, or writes about a woman who delivers babies! She has penned to full novel length manuscripts featuring her OB/GYN protagonist, Dr. Tara Ross, and her spine tingling, and often humorous, adventures with NYPD Homicide Commander Captain Jeffrey Corrigan, the love of her life. Tanya’s found her voice in suspense and mystery with, of course, romantic elements. She is secretary of the RWANYC chapter, and a member of Sisters in Crime, GUPPIES, and Mystery Writers of America. She is happy to be a “misfit” seeking publication. A star certainly awaits her unique voice through her quirky characters. You can find more about Tanya at her website: http://web.mac.com/tanyagoodwin.