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,