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There are people who are energized by rejection, the ones who look rejection in the face and become even more determined to succeed and prove people wrong. Rejection  becomes the fuel that keeps them moving forward, the catalyst needed to be even more determined to succeed and flip naysayers the bird.

Yeah, I’m not one of those people. I’m more like the other type of person. The one who avoids rejection (and the unsettling doubt and confirmation of fear of failure that accompanies it). It’s a fear of rejection that has made my latest project a loooooooonnnnnnggggg time coming. Because I’m writing a sequel, and that means that it will no doubt be compared to the book that came before it. Why is that so bad? Well, let’s look at some of the blog comments I’ve received from readers in the past (gulp) three years since announcing that there would be a sequel:

  • Please upload another excerpt…you’ve kept fans waiting for ages for this book that i think one is LONG OVERDUE!
  • It’s 2017 and once again no update and no book, #hopeless #reallyannoyed #dissapointed
  • So, when the date of launch this book? Please let me know.

And those are the kind ones (not the ones that pretty much say “WTF! Where’s the sequel, you lazy, untalented, useless writer who can’t even finish a freaking book!” – at least that’s what I hear).

I’ve been so afraid of disappointing readers who enjoyed the first book, the ones who want to know what happens next to the characters, that it paralyzed me. I couldn’t type a word without questioning if it was good or not. Because the thing is, rejection happens every day in life. There are the BIG rejections (not being admitted to a college, for example) and the not so big (you think someone is going to let you merge into their lane and they nudge you out without so much as an apologetic wave). But as writers who publish books, our rejections are BIG and PUBLIC and THERE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE FOREVER! For the elation of every 5 star reader review on Amazon there’s the self doubt and mortification that comes from a 3 star “meh” from a reader. And it never goes away! Years later everyone can still see how you failed just by googling your name.

The thing is, I know that not everyone loves every book, and that doesn’t mean the book sucks. I have read books that are best sellers, critical darlings, favorites of my best friends, and I couldn’t make it past chapter three. To each his own, I always tell myself – except when it hits too close to home. Then it’s personal. It’s one of the reasons I don’t review books on public sites anymore unless I love them. I just don’t think the world needs more critics, and writers who put their heart and soul into pouring words on a page certainly don’t need my two cents. I have my opinion and I’ll share it if asked, but I don’t need to have my indelible words out there to make a writer feel bad about their effort. I’m just one person.

So, back to rejection. I’ve pushed through and the sequel to The Book of Luke will be out in May. I’m still fearful of disappointing readers, of having them feel like the sequel doesn’t do the first book justice and it is a waste of their reading time. I’m even afraid it will taint their positive experience of the first book. But I wrote it anyway. And I hope that the experience has taught me that rejection will be a part of life, and if people don’t like it, there’s always another book to write and another opportunity to get it right. I’ll always wonder if I could have done it better if I spent more time on it, but I think three years is my limit. Time to get it out there and move on. Time to reject my fear of rejection.

The sequel to The Book of LukeThe Next Chapter of Luke, will be available in May. Please be nice 🙂




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  1. Jess May 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Hey Jenny, I am so excited for the next chapter to Luke and Emily. I am confident that this will be just as wonderful as book one. You are a talented writer, never forget it. What day is it released on?

    • Jenny O'Connell May 9, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you!! That’s nice of you (and I hope you’re right!). It looks like right after Memorial Day. I’ll post here and let everyone know as soon as it’s up on Amazon!

      • Jess May 9, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

        Thank you!! 🤗💕

  2. Alyssa May 31, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Hey Jenny,

    Just wondering what the status is on the book since it’s the last day of May & I can’t find it anywhere!

  3. Alyssa May 31, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Hey Jenny,

    Is there a status update on the book? It’s the last day of May & I can’t seem to find it anywhere!

    • Jenny O'Connell June 1, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Hi! The book is finished!! It’s about to come out of production and should be on Amazon in a few weeks. I’ll update on my site when it’ there!

  4. Alyssa June 29, 2018 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Hi Jenny! Any updates?

    • Jenny O'Connell June 29, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Yes!! Just waiting for it to go on sale on Amazon, etc!! I’ll post as soon as it’s available. Thank you for your patience, so glad this one if done!

  5. Jess July 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Jenny,
    Will it be available on kindle? 😊

    • Jenny O'Connell July 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Jess, Yes!! It will be available digitally as well as paperback.

      • Jess July 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        Do you know how much it will be? And will it be released in July? 😊

        • Jenny O'Connell July 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm - Reply

          Hi, Jess! Yes, it will be released in July, it’s done, finished, over! I think it is expected to be up on Amazon next week for digital purchase and then right after that for paperback purchase. The digital is $5.99, I believe.

          • Jess July 10, 2018 at 5:35 pm

            I am so excited!!! Thank you, Jenny. 🙂

  6. Tammie Greenshields July 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I give up on the sequel.

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