In my last blog post I wrote about the process I went through to submit my manuscript to TALE for their yearbook which is published in October. I wrote and reflected on the process and how I was learning as I was working through the process. I mentioned my first thoughts were that I was just writing a transcript of my presentation and during the review process I began to realize that I was truly writing an article for publication. I was excited about the thought of my first opportunity to be a published author, I got the email this week. It stated:
Thank you for submitting your manuscript entitled, I’ve Completed a Read-Aloud; Now What Can I Do with It?, to the 2017 TALE Yearbook. Educators and literacy professionals reviewed each manuscript in a double-blind process. The numerous manuscripts submitted illustrate the important work being conducted in literacy. Unfortunately, after considering the reviewers’ comments and recommendations, the Editorial Board is not able to include your work in this year’s publication.
I was excited initially because they said that I was accepted pending some revisions. I will admit, I did feel a bit discouraged because of the thought of being published being squashed. I reflected on conversations I had had with different people about the process and the encouragement that I had received when I mentioned it. I kinda felt like I had let some folks down. Things at work are changing and our department is growing, being published was one way (I thought) to help me stand out. I also had to reflect on the fact that I had gone through this process totally wrong. I could not help but think about how I had gone about this writing the wrong way and how difficult it actually was to write this piece in the first place. That is what helped me to feel better about this rejection.
I am a beginning writer, this was my first piece of writing to ever be submitted for a publication, this will not be the last time I try. This publication was looking for research articles and I submitted a presentation article. Basically I wrote for the wrong audience. It is time for me to be getting deeper into research related to my dissertation so, I will try to narrow that topic down and submit again. I will also try to find a platform that will accept what I have written.
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Pearl Garden, Ed.D has completed her dissertation research involving understanding the vocabulary instruction practices of early grade teachers. She has a passion for the new and novice educator, and it is her goal to help educators tackle the achievement gap with her research findings. She will use this blog to share what she has learned in “pearls of literacy”. The ideas come from her dissertation titled “A Content Analysis of the Vocabulary Instruction Habits by Early Grade Teachers”.