Friday, November 5, 2010

A Thought on Rejections

It's never easy to get rejected. Even though an agent is saying they're not interested in your BOOK and not yourself, it pretty much feels like a personal loser dart has just been pegged on your chest. It's easy to get frustrated and bummed and feel like a trip to Coldstone for some consolation ice cream (which I totally did!). And by all means, take time for a mini pity party. But then, get over it! Use the rejection as a springboard, a challenge to prove that you can find the agent who wants your stuff! Either that, or as incentive to make your work even better so that the next time around you'll get a yes among the no's. Both of which I have done, because it definitely works! I submitted to about eleven agents yesterday after waiting painfully for about four weeks to hear from a few others and I was hearing NOTHING. After about an hour I got some positive news! An agent requested my first 100 pages! Good things defintely come to those who wait. There is still a chance for rejection from here on out, but at least I got a yes along the way.

13 comments:

  1. Hey, congrats on the request for pages! Fingers crossed for you.

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  2. Crossing everything I got you get good news!

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  3. Oh how exciting I am sending you good vibes, prayers and good luck!!

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  4. Yipee congrats on the partial request!

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  5. OOOH! Exciting! Congrats on the first 100 request. Very exciting. Good things do come to those who wait. AND to those who eat ColdStone. Man, now I want some ice cream.

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  6. Hey, that's great news. I only sent 6 and got 4 no's within hours, and 2 ignores, before I decided to join Rachael Harrie's campaign in case they were rejecting me based on my pitiful 6 followers. So I'm sending another batch in October, come what (followers) may. I came because you commented on my contest entry and thought I would read yours but this is what I really want to hear. There's hope!

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  7. I'm so scared to enter the querying stage! (So far away ;.;) Even if I get a million rejections, I would be happy if I got, at least, a yes like you. Congratulations! Fingers crossed ^^

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  9. Wow that's tough but a request for part of your work is promising. Just wondering if you've tried the coffee shop publishing house or xoxo publishing yet? they're small but it's a good start. good luck!

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  10. Wow! Congrats!
    That is some GREAT advice, and some advice I will use once I start querying! Good luck; my fingers are crossed for you! :)

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  11. nice words of encouragement. thanks!

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