Dealing with Rejection Letters
Writers must have thick skin at all turns. We face the feeling of rejection from the very first day we create our draft. It goes through so many hands to get it to where it's at. The toughest, in my opinion, is the query letter.
After working months to perfect that letter, we send it off. And wait. And hope. And wait. Then, wait, there is the email address from the agent/publisher in our e-box. We open it and . . . It is a rejection.
I have to admit that it's discouraging. I feel that maybe my query letter wasn't well presented. Maybe it was the logline? Or if I'd already sent off the first 5 pages? One thing's for sure, I've received letters from a live person stating it wasn't what they were looking for. I think that's of comfort because that means it wasn't a match for them.
I tell myself that the Lord didn't want my book there and there IS a home for it. If you've gotten as far as you have, book and all, there's no doubt that you were inspired by a higher force to get it this far. Why would it be meant to hide?
I won't ever give up in submitting future query letters, if I ever do, I'm denying myself the life-time opportunity to shine! Believe in yourself, don't let anyone bring you down--that is my mantra.
I wish you the best!
Let's see what FFW friends Alex, Anastasia, J. D., Deirdre, M. Pax, and Jeffrey experiences are with rejection letters!