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Rejection: A New Opportunity


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In the fall of 2008, I submitted a short story of historic fiction called “Libby’s Choice,” set in 1905. The editor, Kate Pufal, at History Press at the time wrote me the most beautiful rejection letter. It stated that my story was a good one and well written but not the type of genre that they publish.

I read the email and set it aside. The next day Kate wrote back and asked if I would write a book for them on the North Fork of Long Island where I live. I was elated because I had been trying to be published for a few years.

There is a moral here for writers! Some editors are sensitive and are easy to work with. As a writer, I knew that I would continue to submit no matter what.

-Rosemary McKinley

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About Rosemary McKinley

Rosemary McKinley began writing to both entertain and inspire others. Her book, 101 Glimpses of the North Fork and Islands was released in 2009 and led to interviews by radio station KJOY and the Suffolk Times highlighting her humorous classroom story and her book. Her short stories, essays and poems have been published online by the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island and in Lucidity, LI Sounds, Clarity,, Peconic Bay Shopper, Fate Magazine, Examination Anthology and The Ultimate Teacher. One essay landed her a profile in the November 2006 issues of Money and Fortune Magazines.

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