Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I got my one and only rejection - It didn't hurt like I thought it would.

Keep Calm and WRITE MISSING ROYAL Poster



If you've been here since day one, you probably know about the book that took seven years to write. If not, here is the rundown:

Missing Royal (originally titled Seven Oaths) took seven years to write (no, how long it took to write has nothing to do with the original title) and in all those years I kept writing and re-writing and editing and re-writing. 

And finally in 2012 I participated in NaNoWriMo which ended up turning into a race and I completed the "final" draft. Upon writing that draft, I edited, revised, had beta readers look it over and in February of 2013 I sent the book to a publisher. 

I was thrilled, ecstatic, and a little sad. I knew the answer before I hit send on that e-mail. Not because I don't believe in myself (okay, sometimes that is an issue - but not in this case). Nope, I knew because I knew the book wasn't ready. Wait! I knew the book wasn't ready and I sent it anyway? 

Yep! You read that right! I knew that if I didn't let go of that book, if I didn't send it off I would NEVER stop re-writing it! I knew I would never let it go, I would never move on. Because I would edit and write and re-write the same book over and over and over for another seven years! And maybe more after that! 

And the problem is other books are calling to me! How could I continue throwing away YEARS on one book that may never see the light of day? Well, I couldn't! So I submitted, and I set it aside. 

Now, upon getting the actual rejection letter (September 18th 2013) I did cringe, and I was a little sad. But I also was very grateful! Because guess what! At that point I already had a cover for the book! Not to mention I'm working on THE FINAL (hahah, right!) draft right now! 

Oh, did I mention that one of the coolest editors, authors, and people in the world gave me a ton of hints and tips as to why the book was rejected? Yep! They did! On top of that, it went from being a stand alone to the start of a SEVEN book series! (Yep, 7 - and 27-  is my lucky number(s)!) So truly, getting rejected was a blessing in disguise! And who knows, maybe one day Missing Royal will be a best seller! *Wishful thinking here* 


And now, because it sounds fun and I've been hiding this gorgeous cover FOR MONTHS, I think it's time I finally do a cover reveal. So when this blog post gets 100 comments, I will do the cover reveal, announce the release date, AND share a teaser PLUS do a giveaway! 

~ Missing Royal is a YA Fantasy ~ Coming 2014 ~ 

~ COMMENT ~ SHARE ~ ADD TO YOUR GOODREADS TBR LIST ~

*P.S. One lucky person who comments
 on this post will get to beta read the book!* 

37 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read the finished product!

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  2. Good on you, Konstanz. I'm glad you had the strength to do something like that. And kudos to you for responding so well to a rejection. I'm proud of you :D COVEEEEEEEEEEEEERS <3

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    1. Thank you! <3 And Yes! I am DYING to share the cover!!!

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  3. Woohoo! I'm excited to see this cover to the book you've been writing since forever! (at least since I've known you...actually that might be surprisingly accurate?)

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    1. Thank you!! Yeah, I've been writing Missing Royal longer than I've known you. How crazy is that?!?! Can't wait for you to see it!

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  4. Good on ya for keeping positive. Have added your book to my TBR shelf on Goodreads, you have me curious now :D

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    1. :D Thank you, thank you!!! So excited to show off this cover!

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  5. already on my tbr list and am waiting for it to come out.

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  6. I look forward to seeing the cover and learning more about the book.

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so very much looking forward to sharing this story with the world!

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  7. oh my goodness I would love this chance!! congrats!!

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  8. Thank you soo much for the chance! :3

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  9. Looking forward to the "finished" version!

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  10. Congratulations on letting your baby leave the nest and making room for another egg to hatch and... (how long can I keep up the metaphore?) ... then returning to the nest for one last flying lesson. ... (a little longer, I guess.) ... so here's hoping for many. many more eggs to hatch, more fledgling flights and ... (last one, I promise!) ... a whole flock in your tree. :-)

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  11. I would love to beta read for you. I can't wait to read this new one. <3

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  12. I'm soo excited to read this book it sounds really good..it also takes a lot of courage to finish and even keep righting after a rejection..I believe it makes you a stranger person and writer I would love to and be honored to beta for you either way I can't wait to read this and good luck :)

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    1. Thank you so much!!! <3 Good luck on winning! <3

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  13. I have read Only Half Alive, and I know how wonderful that story was! I can only imagine how beautiful this one will be!! :)

    I would LOVE to read Missing Royal!

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    1. <3 Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! And yay! Thank you! I can't wait to share Missing Royal with the world!

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  14. Exciting! I think that's awesome you sent it off. I've done that with a few of my books just because I knew they needed to get off my plate for awhile. Can't wait to see the cover!

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    1. Thank you. It wasn't easy but definitely worth it! I'm glad I did! <3 Thank you!!!

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  15. I can't wait to read this book! Congratulations!

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