The Good With The Bad


Here’s another rejection letter.  Maybe I should rename my blog?  The Rejection Section?  What do you think?

Thanks for your interest in our agency. Unfortunately you’ve caught me at a time when the demands of my current clients leave me with very little time to devote to developing new talent and unfortunately in this case I have to pass on the opportunity to pursue this. I’m being extremely, and likely unreasonably, picky so please seek many opinions since my decision may have little to do with the salability of your work. Sincerely,  The Rejection Agency

Still not taking it personally.  This is a form letter.  I’ve read elsewhere that this agent sends these out pretty often.  That’s fine.  It’s not snarky, and it’s even semi-apologetic.  It also points out that I shouldn’t give up.  That’s always a good thing, right?

Besides, my mantra is to keep on keeping on, and get my work in front of people.  This is proof that I’m doing that.  Granted, I need to do it more.  I should have already received feedback from a hundred different agencies. 

Also, I’ve been networking heavily lately.  Do not ever discount the viability and need for an author to network via Twitter or other social media or offline.  Don’t wait for conferences.  I’m pitching a comics anthology this week.  And I’m in the very early stages of pitching a story for an established podcast universe with an established fan base (and I’m among one of their biggest fans!).

I’ll keep everyone posted (pun intended).

Ray

Rejection Affection


This is not for me, but thank you for the look.

Sincerely,

The Rejection Agency

If April showers bring May flowers, what does another round of submissions bring?  That’s right, another round of rejections.

So, with my first official rejection, I felt like I had arrived.  Granted, no one let me in, but I’d shown up at the damn party.  I was happy and present.  So, did this feeling carry over with my second rejection?

Yes and no.

Yeah, I still catch a thrill every time I even tweetchat with an agent, but here’s where the ‘no’ comes in – aside from still being outside of the party looking in, that is – it was the agent that most resonated with me so far.

If you’re there, too, you’re possibly wondering how to cope.  Well, for me, it was easy (-ish).  I just told myself that old dating cliché about all the other fish, and poof!  The world was right again . . .

So, that’s not necessarily how it went.  That’s only part of the truth.  I argued with myself and lamented to myself, but in the end, I really did realize that I have only submitted to but a few on my list so far.  Better than that?  I still have more queries out there.

If you’re thinking that this advice is more suited for those who’ve been in the trenches for longer, think again.  Just like the Doggonit-I’m-Good-Enough guy, you’ve gotta remind yourself after ever rejection.

Don’t give up.

Signed,

Ray (of hope)

Need more rejection advice?  Rejection 101

Or, think of it this way:  Writers Digest Rejection Quotes

Sweet, Sweet Rejection!


Thank you very much for sending us your query, which we have now reviewed.

Congratulations on the progress you’ve made with your work. Unfortunately we don’t believe it is right for us. As you know, this is a business of opinions and ours is but one, so please don’t take this note as a disappointment. We do very much appreciate you thinking of us, and wish you the best of luck finding the right representation elsewhere.

Regards,

The Rejection Agency

The above letter was sent to me today.  It was my first official rejection.  I thought I was going to start crying.

Because I was so happy.

Weird, huh?  Seriously, I had no idea how I would feel getting my first rejection.  I never thought that I’d be printed *boom* just like that.  I only hope it happens someday.  You know – not by my own hand/pocketbook.  I’d heard Stephen King and other writers mention their rejections (by the bucketful), and knew I wouldn’t be any different.

I’ve submitted Forging Truth to two agencies and one contest.  I even had to follow-up with one of the agencies after two months went by without any reply.  And, yes, I know that I only need to do the one follow-up.  I hadn’t heard back from either.  I assumed that would be the rejection.  When I received this today, though, I felt vindicated.  I felt like I had been acknowledged, that I hadn’t been working in a vacuum all this time.

I described it to friends and family like this:  You’re walking down the street.  You see someone you know, and you wave.  That person never even acknowledges you.  You can’t be certain that he was even looking at you.  He could have just been looking at those around you.  You don’t want to think this, because he’s a heck of a guy, but you can’t help yourself.  You think, “Screw you, too, buddy.”  This way, though, even if he doesn’t stop for an in-depth conversation, at least he gives you the ol’ “Hey, good to see you.  Tell the wife and kiddo I said hello.”  Even though you realize it was just a canned (form letter) response, at least it was polite.  You smile, and you go on to have more meaningful conversations down the road.

Ray – A Fellow Reject