Writing to agents and dealing with rejection.

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,



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.

One response »

  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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