Recently, one of my editors informed me that they would not be offering me a new contract. I was shocked because my last two novels had done very well and the editor had asked to see new story ideas. Instantly, my confidence level swirled into a tornado of insecurities and self-doubt. I questioned everything from my ability to plot out a story idea to writing a sentence.
Later that afternoon, I checked my email and found three emails from readers. They were wonderful letters telling me how much they enjoy my books and encouraging me to keep up the good work. After being rejected it was a wonderful bit of validation that I desperately needed.
Since that time, I have received emails on a regular basis from readers telling me how much they enjoy my work and asking about the next book. They made me realize that one rejection didn't end my world or work and that I needed to keep moving ahead with my writing career.
I want my readers to know how much I appreciate them and that their encouragement and support is what makes writing such a wonderful experience.