I usually submit to the New Yorker on Monday and if it’s approved (hasn’t happened yet!) I will hear on Friday. No reply means it’s a pass. Sometimes, the editor sends note. I wrote and re-wrote this one and I really thought it would make it. Alas, last week I got a note encouraging me to continue but no sale.
They receive over 2,000 comics a week, so I know it’s significant for the editor to send a note. I keep that in mind while I manage my feelings around repeated rejection. It’s a rough way to start the weekend, for sure! But as I move through this often brutal process, I see growth in my writing and drawing. *I* like the comic. And that counts.
It doesn’t pay, but it counts.
Another rejected comic from the New Yorker which I wrote about here.
I woke up very early this morning because our picture book STRONG won a Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association!
After the announcement, I was in a stupor partly from tiredness and also from the knowledge that in a time when LGBTQ+ books are being banned across the country, this acknowledgment means so much. Teachers and librarians are the backbone of the book world, they’re on the front lines facing unbelievable opposition. I’m so proud of our book and librarians work diligently to keep our stories visible and accessible to all. There’s so much to fight for right now I often feel crushed by exhaustion.
But today I will celebrate.
Rejection #2! This is one of my many rejections from the New Yorker which I wrote about here.
Thank you all for your kind words after the above post! It makes me feel a little less vulnerable sharing my failures to know that so many folks are cheering me on. I hope you have a lovely weekend!