Agent Shop is over for December and I’m happy to say there were TWO requests this time around from Ms. Lyon.

For the authors who received requests – WHOO HOO! And make sure you let us know how you made out. There is an open invite to anyone who pitches to come back for an interview if our little corner of the cyberworld in some way helped you find your agent!

For those of you who didn’t get a request – GET BACK ON THAT HORSE!

This tidbit of advice is near and dear to me right now. Many of you might know that I was entered in Dorchester’s Next Best Celler contest. ‘Was’ being the operative word here.

As of Dec. 11th, the final five contestants were chosen and I’m happy to announce that I wasn’t one of them…

“Happy?” you say.

Certainly. When faced with such talented writers, months of grueling promo, a huge new network of authors and readers, and some great new friends along the way, how couldn’t I be happy?

Sure, I would have loved to continue on, that was the purpose of entering after all, but rejection comes in every form in this industry. We either roll with it, learn from it and move past it, or we stop writing. Since quitting isn’t an option for me, I’m chalking it up to more experience under my belt, a great time, and some serious exposure!

There are so many ways we can receive rejection.

As aspiring and published authors alike, we learn to shield ourselves and our feelings from:

Harsh critiques
Form rejections
Agent rejection
Editor rejection
Contest scores
Bad reviews

Ugh, there are any number of ways we could potentially lose faith in our ability to write, not to mention our want to write.

But not giving up is what takes us back to that old saying,
“You’ve got to get back on the horse.”

It’ll throw us over and over. Just like life, just like work, the same as any other venue of our life, but we keep plugging along. As it should be.

  • Use what you learn from every rejection to strengthen your ability as a writer.
  • Don’t take everything to heart. Opinions vary, so look out for repetitive issues that are pointed out and see if that is truly a weakness.
  • Read what’s current and in the genre you write. That doesn’t mean you have to follow a trend, but it keeps you informed on what’s hot, what’s not and where your writing would fit in the grand scheme.
  • Sign up for classes and workshops – ‘Nuff said.
  • Join writer’s groups & critique groups – So many people are willing to share their knowledge. Utilize it!
  • Beta readers can be wonderful! They read for pleasure and are usually very willing to let you know what didn’t work for them.
  • Network, network, network! This is a wonderful way to keep current on industry news and events as well as support.
  • Do your research. Not just for your story, but for your agent/editor. There’s enough rejection out there without submitting to the wrong agent/editor, which will just bring you the rejection you hope to avoid.
  • READ, READ, READ and read some more.


Don’t let the set backs get you down. Keep on keepin’ on.

Even the most popular authors had to go through the same rejection. But they didn’t let it stop them. They got back on the horse and I guarantee, they’re happy they did.

Happy writing for the coming year!

Candi Wall

9 Responses to GET BACK ON THAT HORSE!

  1. Gail Hart says:

    Well said, Candi! You are such a gracious person. I know your hard work and talent will be rewarded.


  2. I love to tell people it only takes one “yes”! I had 100+ rejections on my agent search. It made me stronger and more resilient and when I got “the call” it made it all the sweeter! It took about 13 months to land my agent and under two for her to sell my first MS.

    Lesson Learned: Good things come to those who wait AND work their tails off!

    Great post, Candi!

    xoxo — Hilary


  3. Great advice Candi!
    It is so hard to get rejected and not fulfill our dreams right away.
    I’ll add one thing, keep looking for the joy in your writing. We can get so caught up in writing for others that we can forget to please ourselves.
    Try to remember the feeling you add once you first started and keep that feeling close!


  4. Well said, Candi!

    You really were a winner for so many reasons. It was a pleasure to read your work, but as a writing partner, I’ve had the opportunity to vicariously learn from your experience. You’ve grown a little more with every challenge you’ve set for yourself. I don’t see the steed you ride upon as tripping. I see it taking you nearer your goal. And you look right-smart and classy in the saddle while doing it. Luv, John!


  5. Candi Wall says:


    Thanks for stopping in and the kind comment, my dear friend/competitor in Dorchester’s Next Best Celler!

    Honestly all, if you haven’t gone to and read the Dorchester entries, you are depriving yourself of some great reads! And Gail’s entry, Confessions of the World’s Oldest Shotgun Bride is one of them. (AND still in the running as one of the top FOUR finalists!)

    Best of luck Gail!


  6. Candi Wall says:

    Hilary –

    THAT is the perfect way to look at it. 100+ isn’t an uncommon number I hear through talking with other writers.

    But you couldn’t be more correct. Only those who decide to keep going and work hard will ever make it.

    Thanks for stopping in!


  7. Candi Wall says:


    I couldn’t agree more. Writing for the love of writing is what brings the passion into our unique voices. If we write for someone else, unless our heart is in it for that project, it’s sure to fall somewhat flat.

    Heart is what is often missing, and I think that’s what happens when we lose sight of the pleasure of writing. And that CAN be easy for anyone to do in the face of rejection.

    Great thought!


  8. Candi Wall says:


    I’ve told my steed what you said and he agreed not to throw me often. ANd if he does, he’ll continue to drag me along until I regain my seat!

    Thanks hon! You and the angels ar ethe reason I have the strength to keep plugging along!


  9. Ruth Hartman says:

    Thank you. Wonderful advice! I’ve been feeling a little sluggish lately with my writing. A few months ago, I had several stories accepted, and lately, not so much. But your advice has been uplifting.

    Thanks so much!

    Ruth J. Hartman


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