After finishing my first novel, Deshay of the Woods, and sending off a few query letters to agents (just as a start), I have officially received my first rejection! And you know what…I’m not even bummed about it. In fact, I’m pretty excited. I was expecting it, as the agent doesn’t seem to represent many fantasy novels. Moreover, when I re-checked what I had sent, I saw that the fonts were all off and there was a spelling error. Doh! Nothing like getting the rust out early.
But really, I’m not discouraged…yet. I went into this knowing it was inevitable. One of my writing buddies who I trust (you can check out Noelle’s blog here) told me she and several others put $5 in a pot and then count who ends up with the most rejections at the end of the year. The person with the most wins the pot.
So I’m not discouraged. Really. A little nuts? Well, we knew that long ago. But seriously, I’m excited to be at this point: it means I’ve finished my novel and it means possibility. Remember, you only need one agent/publisher to say yes.
For those who are discouraged, read this article. It details many famous authors and the negative comments in rejection letters or how many times they were rejected before finding a taker. I’d also recommend checking out Colin Falconer’s blog article.
Remember, this is all part of the fun :). To quote my uncle: “Embrace the suck.”