Sadly, all of them came back as "Form Rejections." For those of you who are unfamiliar with the process, a "Form Rejection" isn't quite so much a "No" as a "Not right now." To be honest: even though I knew deep down that my chances of getting a "Yes" my first go-a-round was very unlikely, the series of rejections appearing in both my mailbox and inbox was disheartening.
I was in the process of plotting out my new endeavor, Valkyrie, when the rejections were starting to come back. It gave me a horrible case of insecurity mixed together with a heavy dose of the dreaded Writer's Block. I began to re-think my career as a writer altogether.
Lo and behold, however, it was my case of Writer's Block that birthed the idea of The Bearded Scribe, and as they say, the rest is history.