As of this writing, I have received 5 rejection letters and one implied rejection. Whee.
I was excited about the first one. After all, I could begin my collection of letters. And it meant I was being paid attention to, because it was from an agency that only replies if they’re interested.
But I got the second one the next day. Ouch.
The third came three days after that, but I didn’t see it until three more days later.
The fourth came the day after I saw that one.
And the fifth came four days ago, six days after the fourth.
The implied rejection came from an agency that said that if they didn’t reply within two weeks, then they weren’t interested.
So that’s that.
I still have 5 more queries floating out in the aether of the Internet. So I just have to wait on those now. And I need to send out more. I’m being really picky right now, so I’m going to keep going for my top choices for the time being. If that doesn’t work out, I’m probably going to start seeking out publishers who will take unagented material. I’m not a fan of the option, but I learned today that the best way to get an agent is to get published, as counter-intuitive as that may seem.
How do you deal with rejection? Consider it carefully. Are you reasonable about it? If not, why? What can you do to improve your attitude?
If you haven’t even gotten rejected before, then you need to start sending out your stuff to places. You can’t get published if you don’t submit. And you’re probably going to get rejected a few times first.
And that’s okay. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your work. It means that the person you’ve submitted it to isn’t the right person to look at it. Agents must be enthusiastic about your material in order to present it to publishers. Journals, agencies, and publishers all have different markets–every place has a specific type of person they are gearing their material toward, and if yours doesn’t quite fit what they normally publish, it’s not going to happen.
So hone your skills. Get good at writing what people want to read–and have variety with it. Read what they’ve published before and see if you can fit into that genre.
For today: Submit to at least one place/person. Or write something that would fit in well with a journal’s idea of what they want to publish and submit it.