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March 20, 2013 / mrsdeboots


I finally heard for definite that I was not among the chosen for the Rock & Shop market.

I had seen a posting on twitter with a link to some of the vendors, ( here) and I was assuming, as the things I make are relatively nothing like this, that I was not going to be chosen, but still was hoping for the best.

I guess I thought due to the name of the show it wouldn’t be so, um, mainstream-ish? The things I make are quirky and strange, and most of the wares featured, to me, are more traditional craft show things.

I did notice that they all had professional appearing photographs, which I do not (but will be working on).

I cried when I got the email, and was glad I was alone when I read it. I felt embarrassed for even attempting to put myself out there, and I felt even more embarrassed for crying about it, so I quickly sucked it up. And when I say quickly, I mean I pouted to myself for about a half hour.

I went thru the appropriate 5 stages of grief, trying not to dwell too long on any. At the bargaining/anger stage, I felt that anyone could copy shit off Pinterest, and if that’s what I had to do in order to fund my child’s private school education, I would have to scale down the weird and change my art completely to make it marketable.

Then I jumped back into the depression stage, with the whole self loathing why did I even try, everything I make is stupid, I’m just going to quit, I’m so dumb for ordering new business cards, etc.

Then acceptance kicked in, and I decided that I would keep making my weird crap, because it was a huge stress relief to me, it calms my nerves, really the only avenue I have.

So I have goals now, goals that I must reach for my son, and admittedly for my own self worth, and for the first time since i did make up, I feel like I am proud of what I do.

So while I will continue to embrace the weird, I will also try and incorporate more traditional (aka sellable) art.

Here’s my denial email! I like to share my embarrassment with the masses.

Hi Camille,

I apologize for the delay and for your application falling through the cracks like it did. We did jury your application but feel that for this market it is not the best fit. This was a very difficult decision with way more amazing applicants than we simply have space for. The bar was set really high this year with applicants. This is always the hardest part and your status could be based on any number of things including: there were already too many vendors in your product category (jewelry for example is the vast majority of applications we receive), we didn’t think your product fit would be a good match for the aesthetic of the market, we feel like your product could be improved upon. I hope to see you at the event and that you will apply again. Each market is different with a different pool of applicants that you are juried alongside.

Kindest regards,
The Rock & Shop Market




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  1. Kristah Price / Mar 20 2013 7:37 pm

    I’m so sorry you didn’t get accepted, I know what rejection feels like after having had books rejected by many agents and publishers. Opening that dreaded letter and reading it can really knock your self-esteem. I went through all the stages that you talked about. The first few times I was devastated and felt like giving up. After a while I got used to the rejection letters, but eventually I decided I wasn’t going to wait around any more for someone to give me a chance. I decided to bypass all the people responsible for deeming whether or not my stories were good enough, and I self-published. Now, I write what I want to write, I write what makes me happy, and if nobody buys it, it doesn’t really bother me. I know there are some people out there who will like what I do and some who won’t. The people who do are the only ones I need to worry about. I have come to accept that I will probably never make money from my writing, there are just so many books out there, but I am doing what I want to do. Whether I sell any books or not, I would still write because it is what I love to do!

    You shouldn’t change what you do to fit the mainstream. Your style of art is who you are and if it is what makes you happy, then that is what you should be doing. I understand it is important to you to sell your art to fund your son’s education, so I think you have made the right decision to make some more traditional art, alongside what you love to do, that might have a better chance of getting accepted by markets. Although I am sure there must be a market out there somewhere that would embrace your own unique style of art. Definitely don’t stop putting yourself out there!

    Anyway, don’t be embarrassed by the rejection. We have all experienced it in one way or another!

    • mrsdeboots / Mar 21 2013 2:01 am

      Kristah, you are the best. You always make me feel so much better when I’m down and out!

      I had no idea you were a writer! That is awesome. While I was wallowing in self pity last night, I thought about all the truly talented people in the world that never “make it” due to various reasons and how incredibly silly I was being.

      I think what I’m going to try and do over the weekend is get my professional type photos done and get my site up where people can buy what I make. One of my main problems is I’d rather make art than market art, so I’m going to try and wrap up some stuff over the next few days.

      Thank you for your words of encouragement. I’m glad you didn’t give up! I won’t either. 🙂

      • Kristah Price / Mar 22 2013 12:01 am

        Sounds like a plan!

        I know what you mean about wanting to make art rather than market art. I would rather write than promote my book – hence the reason why I haven’t sold many copies!

        I look forward to seeing your art for sale on your website!

  2. nurulthecook / Apr 2 2013 3:34 am

    I love what you do, the way you do it!! You don’t need their silly mainstream market! You do something unique. Something this world definitely needs and you will be amply rewarded! Big Hug!!:-)

    • mrsdeboots / Apr 11 2013 10:55 am

      Thanks love! I’m just too weird for my own good. Ha!

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