I’m a chicken

I have a story for 8-10 year old’s next to the computer. My children’s literature teacher has read it and likes it. I have made the changes she recommended and I don’t have the nerve to send it out. I like the story and I think it is one of my best and I don’t want to send it only to get a rejection note — or worse no response! I have researched the market and know where I should send it. And yet it sits next to me. I have proofed it, my kids have both read it and like it and yet it stares at me everyday.

I was getting used to the rejection letters. They got a bit more hopeful and then I started getting no responses again and that is just plain depressing. I have changed the date on my cover letter 4 times now. I keep saying that I am waiting for the right time. The right time for what? I don’t know. There is no right time for another rejection letter.

So I must forget about the other rejections or lack of rejections and act as though this is my first submission. What do I have to lose? Even if it is rejected by one publication it doesn’t mean another children’s magazine won’t like it, right? I am weary today. Somedays I just don’t feel like I have any talent to write and it is discouraging.