Last week I received my very first rejection from a literary agent I contacted a while back with a query letter regarding my self-published book, The Poet & The Butterfly. While most people would feel disappointed, I felt proud. This email was proof I took a step towards my goal of becoming traditionally published, and it's also one step closer to finding the right fit.
I didn't take this no personally. It's not personal at all. It's simply about the agent doing her job and me doing what I need to do to get in front of the right agency so that my work can get in front of the right publisher. This will most likely require a helluva lot of query letters, patience and magic, and I'm up for the challenge.
One down, oodles more to go!
If I was a new writer and/or looking for external validation, I imagine every rejection would sting. But with or without a traditional publisher my work is still juicy and lovely and all that matters to me is finding an agent and publisher who can see what I see so that ultimately more people can read my heart. I have many, many books inside of me and I would love the chance to have each of them supported by an incredible publisher.
I'm well prepared for however many "thanks, but no thanks" responses it takes until I receive a big, fat YES from an agent who feels right to me on every level. I'm also eager to learn something new from each experience so that I can upgrade the awesome on every subsequent attempt.
This is why I contacted my friend and bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy, last week to look over my original query letter and give me tips and guidance. She helped transform my first version into a magical second one that I can't wait to send out!
I spent today researching agents and have found another one that really speaks to me so she will be my next target. I really, REALLY care about matching up with an agency that shares the same values as I do and gives me the YIPPEE! feeling when I explore their site, so for me it's not about sending a query letter to just anyone. They have to feel worthy of my literary career since they'll be the ones managing it - no big deal - and I don't take that potential relationship too lightly. It deserves much thought and time and care.
So here's to rejection because it's always paving the way for something extraordinary. You wanted something good but life's about to give you something great.
Stay the course, my friend. Things are always getting better.
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