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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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kr8vkat
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.