I am the proud owner of my first rejection letter. The novel that I have been working on for over a year, all the editing and revisions, the snatched moments of time between work and family life to get this story out of me, was dismissed within four short hours of sending out my query letter. “While your project is interesting, I don’t think it is right for us at this time,” was the swift response I received from the agent. So how do you deal with rejection?
Okay, so I am disappointed, I mean really disappointed, but I refuse to get discouraged. It is only the first one, right? I was prepared for this, at least I thought I was. Also, I have to give the agent credit for taking the time to send me a response back. Sure it is not what I had hoped to hear, but I am thankful for the simple courtesy shown in giving me a straightforward answer. How many writers have sent out a letter or manuscript into the void without ever hearing anything back? So far I have sent out a query letter, some including a requested synopsis, to six agents. One down, so make that five now! If the others also come back as rejections, or no word one way or the other, I will revamp my query letter and try again. I will keep y’all updated!