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The journey of my first manuscript. Sharing the experience!


Greetings, everyone!

Well, like my father told me some time ago. If you are afraid, why don’t you stay under the bed and live your life from there? and I went…”Oh, oh, oh!” “That’s rude, dad!”
Then he said, firm and kind: “When you really wish something in your life, you just go for it.”

Dad came up with the following words that really made an impact in my life: If you want to be an astronaut, what are you going to do? Of course, send a letter to the NASA. And what the NASA is going to answer to you? – if you get an answer in first place. You have 3 options in here… you could receive a “No” or “Thank you for your interest, maybe we’ll get in contact with you later.” or “Welcome! Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to participate in our project” My Dad uses the astronaut’s example because they are the ones who, literary speaking and technologically achieved, have been able to travel beyond the earth.

So, I received and understood this knowledge, and I said… “My astronaut is to be a writer! and I’m going for it!”
It took me some weeks to make up my mind and choose “my tale” from all those ideas I’ve been writing for years in pieces of paper and in my journals. It’s my first shout, my introduction letter, my #1, my unborn baby inside my belly… the doubt got inside my head, the fear to be judged too… I really got confused. But I took a deep breath, and I said to myself “No worries, I free myself from them, and I’m going to enjoy this process… my own writing process.” I chose what my own inspiration, love, and feelings asked me to. So, it took me months to write my first draft, then it took me some other time to edit it. I spend days and nights in my room and in my favorite restaurants, writing, creating, describing, placing and deleting words. Enjoying, excited, the process of making my dream come true. Then finally I had my manuscript ready “The Composer and The Flycatcher” my fantasy tale written in poetry prose. “It’s time to find a home to my tale – my first manuscript.” I said with hope, knowing how competitive it’s the field of the writing world.
What came next? I’ve experienced “rejections” from publishers and agents… Oh My! Should I go under the bed now? -I asked to myself. Of course not! Don’t you dare to quit now, you’re just starting! And then, finally, I was able to find my other half, my publisher.
I thought to say to my father “Dad, The NASA has accepted me and I’m going to sign the contract.” “I’m going to the moon!” lol, but no… Me and my family celebrated at home that night with wine, cheese, and bread.

Miss Quesinberry, you’re such an amazing lady who gave me the welcome into your publishing house. I’m so grateful with you for believing in my talent, in what I wrote… my first manuscript, my poetry, my fantasy tale. http://www.prlog.org/12144423-donnaink-publications-signs-author-diana-arco-and-her-title-the-composer-and-the-flycatcher.html My home!

So, the journey continues… I’m coming back later as I continue living my writer’s experience.


ūüôā All the light, life, love, and freedom from the heart and soul. ‚̧

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My Poem “Mr. Rejection” about manuscript rejections, of course :-)

Greetings, Everyone! ūüôā

I’am taking the freedom to approach you today with a situation that practicaly makes¬†us writers to cry oceans, not rivers… and it is “The Rejection of Manuscripts”…¬†¬†¬† I mean, “Yikes! How heavy is this!”¬† You took the chance, you enjoyed writing your manuscript, it’s your baby, and it’s ready after so many drafts and loud out¬†readings.¬†¬†¬† You started to send your “Submissions”¬† to¬†literary agents and / or ¬†publishers, and you are waiting patiently for days, weeks, months, years… and then you finally start to get answers, and yes, it doesn’t say it, it’s not physically there, but it is hiding in there, somewhere, the word “Rejected”

I have been rejected myself, and at the beginning I was so ignorant about this situation…¬† I thought… “Am I Wrong?”¬† “Maybe I’am not good enough!” “Should I write it all over again differently?¬† Hell No! That’s my voice and I won’t change it!”¬† And there I was again, laying on my bed at nights, talking to myself,¬† talking to God searching for comfort, for light about it.¬†¬†¬† Then my curiosity took me to search the internet, because in my ignorance I thought I was forever and ever the rotten cherry from the yummy delicious cake! lol… and I found out that many authors , who have and had or should have¬†the word “Greatness”¬† almost tattooed in their foreheads, were rejected too…¬† Poor publishers, I bet they banged their heads on the wall, and their descendants will do the same as well. .. probably until the end of times, just to speak.

Just to mention a few best seller authors…

Stephen King –¬†¬†He explains that whenever he got a rejection, he would stick on a nail. He started submitting stories to magazines at the age of 16, but didn‚Äôt get published until he was 20… He is the man who wrote “Carrie”, people!!!

J.K. Rowling –¬†Her first Harry Potter novel was submitted to twelve publishing houses, all which rejected the wizard boy. But¬†a¬†happy¬†reader, who was the CEO‚Äôs young daughter from¬†small London publisher named “Bloomsbury”, decided to print the book.¬† Note–¬† Bloomsbury is not small anymore! ūüôā

Nicholas Sparks –¬† Did you know that his famous “The Notebook” was rejected 24 times???¬† (I’am totally in love¬†with the book and the movie)

Margaret Mitchell –¬† Correct!¬† That amazing lady who wrote “Gone with the wind”. ¬†I guess you didn’t know it was rejected by 38 publishers before finding the right¬†one to believe in her and¬† her novel!!!

Dr. Seuss –¬† Yep, our lovely creator of the “Grinch” that I bet many of us watch the movie or read the book each Christmas with our families!¬† Pulitzer winner!¬†¬† His first book¬† ”¬†And to think I¬†Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times!!!¬†¬† He wrote such an original and creative piece, a book with a new way¬†of writing that publishers were afraid to publish him, fearing there wouldn’t be¬†any juvenil market for it… and look how the things turned out for him!¬† Just Amazing! ūüôā

I advice you to search the internet and you will find out that the ¬†list¬† of famous rejected writers¬† keeps going and going!¬† Can you imagine “Charles Dickens and his¬†masterpiece ¬†“Great Expectations”¬† got also rejected?¬† I wouldn’t in a million of years until I found it myself.

I strongly think and feel that when you really want something in life, you must put all your heart and soul into it,¬† doesn’t matter how many times you’ll get “Knocked out!”

I’am taking this space to thank my publisher…¬† Ms. Donna Quesinberry¬† owner, agent,¬†and publisher of¬† “DonnaInk Publications”¬† http://www.donnaink.org/¬† for signing my debut book “The Composer and The Flycatcher”, and signing me as new author.¬†¬† All my gratitude, respect, and admiration.

Ohh, yes, the poem…

Mr. Rejection

By Diana Arco

My dear writer

I’am here to bring you awareness,

You, who have been rejected by Mr. Rejection.

And you, who are just starting to live the adventure.

I’am here to tell you:

Don’t give up!

Please, don’t give up!

It doesn’t matter how many homes you have to send your submissions,

And Mr. Rejection following your foot steps so close,

There is always one room waiting for you,

Only if you really want to and you are sure of,

To welcome you with open arms

and make more than one dream come true.

I’am asking you to open your heart first, then¬†to see with your¬†eyes.

Mr. Rejection is only telling you to find your right place in this world.

“Where? Please… Where?” – You might ask…

In the literary world, of course!

“But it’s so huge!” – you might complain…

But there are enough readers for each one of us, writers.

To reach their hearts, minds, and souls within our tales.

And publishers are so aware about that,

That’s¬† why they keep searching and publishing us.

We depend one from another,

We are one in the infinite land of possibilities.

So, please, my dear writer

Don’t hate Mr. Rejection

Don’t get into despair because of him.

He is only helping you.

Following you like a guardian angel

To place you where you really belong.

Trust me,  my dear writer,

I walked the road with him myself.

Please stay in touch for more…



‚̧ All the light, life, love, and freedom from the heart and soul.¬† ūüôā

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