Writing to agents and dealing with rejection.

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Writing to agents and dealing with rejection.

First off, this is not a ‘tips for dealing with rejection letters from agents’ type post. It might be by the end, but I am at the stage of feeling rejected, but not having fully dealt with it yet.

I got my third rejection letter today.  I sent my first book to seven agents over three months ago. The three letters were all very positive and said they liked my book but…you can figure the rest out I am sure. I am not sure how I feel about positive rejection yet. It really is a catch 22 situation. I have been rejected (bad) but they liked my book and suggested that I send it to other agents (good) (I think) (I hope).

So, if I look on the bright side, then my percentage of being turned down is less than 50%. I grant you that the percentage for possible rejection is above 50%, but at least there is still the same percentage for an agent saying ‘Yes please.’ I also grant that maths is not my strong point.

So what it comes down to is I am going to believe in the potential for my book being picked up rather than the potential for never getting an agent. In a choice between to unknowns, I might as well go with the positive one as both are equally likely to happen or not happen.

You can take that as a tip if you want to. Even I think it is tenuous, so I leave it in your capable hands.

Oh, and if you have any advice for me on dealing with rejection (and I know about the getting drunk one already) then please let me know. It would be appreciated.

Take care buddies,

David.

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About davidmbeecroft

Hello and welcome to my blog. Please feel free to have an explore. My name is David Beecroft. I am 38 years old. I co-founded and ran a small scale touring theatre company called Screwed & Clued in 1998. I went on to tour the Canadian Fringe Theatre Festival circuit over the following five years. I have written six original plays, the last ‘The Poe Show’ won a Best in Fest award at the 2014 Ottawa Fringe Festival. I worked in a social care setting for ten years and now work in a special needs school. I have sent my first novel off to agents and considering self-publishing if that does not work. I co-host a radio show on Surrey Hills Community Radio called Daves of the Week where we feature charities for a six week period. I live with my fiance and two pet Degus. I started this blog when suffering from depression and attending therapy, so a large part of this blog was about my experience and thoughts of that. Since then I am in a much better place and I write about life after depression and how I stay (or try to) ahead of it happening again. I also like to look at the happier sides of life and try to put a positive spin on serious subjects.

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  1. LOL; i’ve been rejected way more than you. I’ve submitted to over 20 agents by now. Maybe 30. My advice is to just keep doing what you’re doing. I just started writing my next story; and i keep drawing. Don’t wait for them. I also self published in the mean time. I email electronic copies for $2.

    Im busy with a child/young adult sci-fi/adventure now.

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