Launderette Trauma

Published March 1, 2023 by rochellewisoff


I double dipped this week. The sight of the laundromat triggers a not so pleasant memory for me. I’m sure I’ll be able to let it go one of these days.

Genre: Memoir
Word Count: 100


As we crammed our bedspread into an industrial-size dryer, my iPhone pinged with an email from my agent. “Last Dance with Annie” was in the subject line.

            “Good news?” asked my husband.

            I bit back tears. “Maybe I’m not meant to be an author.”

            The well-known publisher who’d expressed an interest in my novel based on personal experience turned it down flat. My agent released me from my contract.

            “Failure,” intoned my inner voice.

            A year later, at a writers’ conference, struggling with doubt, I pitched LDWA to a new publisher. Within twenty-four hours my book had found a home.   

If I’d had a few more words (blasted word limit! 😉 ) I’d go on to share how my manuscript was turned down a few more times before my agent released me from the contract. I ignored the manuscript for more than a year I think. At the Ozarks Writers conference in October I met Lia Wu who owns Ozark Hollow Press. She was interested in my story of a middle aged woman’s battle with anorexia (A fictionalized version of my own struggle). I sent her the manuscript Sunday morning and she offered me a contract Sunday night. Hopefully Last Dance with Annie (title negotiable) will be out this year.

48 comments on “Launderette Trauma

  • Rejections are a really rough part of any journey, and as writers it’s hard to know what’s worth pursuing and when it’s a sign to stop. I’m glad you persevered with this one though, I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    One door closed and all that 😉 And, sometimes things happen that we don’t realise are best for us at the time. I am looking forward to seeing the finished copy of the book!

    Shalom and lotsa successful love,


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  • And Rochelle went on,

    “So I tossed my 160 rejection slips into the dryer and opened the bottle of muscatel.” Life with all its twists and turns.

    ((A well-told story that is so relatable.)) A year later? Maybe there is hope for these old manuscripts after all. 🙂

    Nicely done, Rochelle.



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  • Ooh. A sneaky second story. Thank you for this inspirational story. It’s something to remember as I get my latest novel ready to shop. Someone told me Jack London’s “Call Of The Wild” was rejected 100 times before publication. Stephen King had a nail on his wall where he pinned all his rejection letters. Someday, when Oprah’s interviewing you for inclusion in her book club, you can tell her your story.


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