I have been querying literary agents rather frequently in the past few weeks for my book,
The Teapot And The Trumpet.
I have written a great query letter and personalize it to each agent I send it out to.
In the midst of sending out these letters and waiting to hear back from them, I got my first rejection letter.
I will not say whom the rejection was from, as I feel that would be unprofessional, while she was professional and prompt with an answer to my query, (she got back to me the next day)
I will say that she didn’t reject my manuscript because I did not send it to her, her guidelines clearly state not to unless she requests it.
She simply said she was not a good fit for this type of book, and I was happy to at least have an answer (waiting is the hardest part)
I know I will be receiving more rejection letters but it will not stop me, it won’t even slow me down.
It is part of the business and a part you must be willing to accept if you are trying to get a book published.
I don’t consider this or the other rejection letters to come as a failure, we only fail when we stop trying, and I won’t ever stop, I don’t think I could if I wanted to, it is not how I am. Remember, failure is just the starting point for success.
It is rather funny, more ironic actually, that I have chosen to become published.
Growing up I was always afraid of being told “NO”
“can I have some soda?” NO
“can I do this?” NO
“can I have five dollars?” NO
I was so afraid of it in fact that I often wouldn’t even ask, I would just go without.
It is not that my parents were overbearing vicious people, who liked to see me suffer, it was just that everything had to have a purpose.
Soda was to be drank with meals, I really had to have a good reason to go somewhere, there was no hanging around because that’s how you get into trouble, and money, well, they worked for it, and so should I.
It wasn’t until later in life that all that made sense.
Sometimes in the deepest, darkest part of our being is where we find the strength to figure out who we are, and what we want, it is those who have the courage to go there and come back to the light that succeed.
I am going to get to where I want to be, won’t you please join me, and get to where you want to be?