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Doubt is Creeping In

I got another two rejections yesterday, both from New York agents.

Unlike the first personalized, complimentary, spelled out my name and signed in ink rejection, these two were form letters saying "thanks but no thanks."

The first rejection was actually affirming. It told me "We value your efforts, and don't feel that we could do you justice in the marketplace." These last two tell me "Take your little scribbles and go home, wannabe."

This brings the list of potentials from eleven to eight. I realize that eight prospective agents is better than a poke in the face with a dirty stick. On the other hand, That's also more than a quarter of my original pool telling me "no."

This is seriously sapping my momentum.


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Nov. 9th, 2004 12:43 pm (UTC)
11 agents is too small a pool. I suggest that you begin compiling a list of at least a hundred, and run through them ALL. Remember that some of the greatest writers of the 20th century got so many rejections they could wallpaper entire rooms. The market is, if anything, tougher now than then, and it's not looking to publish the meritorious (considering some of the trash I've seen in the last five years).

Just keep at it. Not just submitting this work, but writing others, until somebody finally clues in and publishes you.
Nov. 9th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
I love you. You haven't even *seen* the writing I'm peddling and you're cheering for me. You should come to a reading some time! The south bay isn't that far.
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Nov. 9th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks. This is totally the balm I need!
Nov. 9th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
Do not, I repeat do NOT let a couple of piddly rejections bring you down. I got a form letter from an agent I met in person who requested my work. It's part of the biz, sucky though it is. I've run through a dozen agents already, rejections every one. Be happy you've gotten timely responses, I say. It's better than waiting for months to get that "no."

The ONLY writers who succeed are the ones who persist. It is not the most talented ones, as we can all attest from the bad books we read. it is the ones who believe in themselves and their work and keep putting it out there.

Think of it like dating: you might approach ten or twenty guys before finding one that fits. You are looking for that agent that fits. And as I was recently reminded, no agent is better than a bad agent, or the wrong agent.

And if you still need some perspective, and a good laugh, go to Rejection Collection and see how badly and how personally other writers, even seasoned writers, take rejection.

If you still need picking up after this, let me know.
Nov. 9th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about those rejection letters. Every writer gets lots of time. It can take time to find the right agent for you.

You're an awesome writer. And I hear those compliments from others about your writing and reading. The writer's conference award. People's desire to read and hear more of your work. I remember them.

Persistence is what's needed. And, remember the others that do really enjoy your work, support you, and hope that you'll find that good agent soon. I'm looking forward to seeing your book and others published. With the right agent. With the right publisher. It will happen.

Just keep submitting. Keep writing. Keep reading. Lots of good wishes and good luck for finding the right agent for you.
Nov. 9th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
I know you'll get it eventually, just like everyone else said. You're work is great, I know, having heard you read.

Just keep at it. It's only a matter of time.
Nov. 10th, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)
Everything about the writing biz, except the writing itself, sucks. Listen to the advice of your friend and keep on keeping on. Tenacity iis the rule in this game. Add a dose of blind obeisance to your craft, and you're in. But patience. Patience is the key. Sometimes it happens the first time out, other times it takes years. But it does happen, eventually, to all good writers. And you're damn good. So sit back and try to focus on your current projeect.

And remember, you will receive a finite number of rejections before you get that acceptance letter. It could be three, it could be forty two. Now way of telling. The only think we know for sure is that it is indeed finite. Each rejection receivde gets you one step closer to acceptance and the party on the mother ship!
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