Rejection Means I Tried!

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share with you what I received in my e-mail on my birthday!  (The letter is below)  I thought it was funny that it came that day!!  It has been months since I spontaneously submitted my picture book to this contest.  I didn’t expect to win at all, but I  am glad they let me know anyway.  So I guess this means I am officially a writer??  Ha, ha.  It’s fine.  I have never submitted anything before so it was a good experience.

I need to get started on my next writing project for my class.  I haven’t been doing any art this week.  My husband took two weeks off from work so we have had a lot more time to spend together.  We had car problems and had our car in the shop a couple of days so he took our daughter to work very early in the morning a couple of days, because she doesn’t want to drive his 5 speed Nissan truck.  She hasn’t learned how to drive a stick shift.

I hope everyone’s holiday season is going well.  My husband and I went to town yesterday, and it was a ZOO!!  I really want to stay away from there during the next week or so; it is just too crazy!

Until I have something to post next time…

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  And happy holidays!!  🙂



Sparkhouse Family via 

Dec 14 (2 days ago)

to me

Dear Patsy Parker,

Thank you for submitting “Larry the Lonely Leatherback” to the Sparkhouse Family Children’s Picturebook Contest. Unfortunately, the submission wasn’t a good fit for us at this time. We received many excellent entries and the competition was very stiff. I hope you’ll consider submitting again if you have additional work that you think will be a good fit for our publishing house.

All the best,
The editors at Sparkhouse Family

You can go here to view the submission:

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When I began this blog I was simply going to share my writing. However, after being part of the blogging world for quite some time now, I decided to begin sharing my artwork. Patsy's Creative Corner will always have my artwork. Thanks for visiting! :)

Posted on December 17, 2017, in Writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. I really love your outlook – and I once heard that a writing teacher made his students send work to two dozen places – and he prepped them for accepting rejection and becoming familiar with it as part of the process.
    and well, your title here says it all: Rejection Means I tried!
    so true and so healthy!
    and side note- happy belated b-day

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  2. It is good they let you know eventually! Of course you are a writer and an artist and one day a publisher will recognise that!

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  3. Sorry about the timing, Patsy

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  4. You DID try! Congratulations! As rejections go, that’s a really nice one. Trust me – I have seen MANY of them. Too many to count. But yes, now you are a writer. Actually, you’re an author/illustrator. Awesome!


    • Thanks Genevieve! I have actually always considered myself a writer. That was me joking…ha ha. 😉 I have never believed anyone has to be “published” to call themselves a writer. And yes, thank you! Author/illustrator it is!


  5. Yup! We all have fat folders of rejection letters. At least yours invited you to try again and didn’t say you were hopeless. I liked your story and pictures. I’m sure someone will see what they’re missing one day.

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  6. Keep putting your work out there, Patsy! I have a notebook full of rejected stories from Woman’s World Magazine and after four years of submitting, I sold in December. ❤

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  7. Well, congratulations Patsy! I am agree, that’s really a big step.

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  8. Patsy – congratulations on submitting! That’s a big step. I think it gets easier every time.

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