Every time I get a rejection I feel like I came face to face with a Dementor. The lights begin to fade, taking any happiness with it. The only thing that’s left is a hollow nastiness deep within…and it eats away at my soul.
So to summarize it…getting a rejection sucks. So how do I keep going? I take the agents own words and use them to fuel my crazy patronus (which tends to look like a samurai shih-tzu).
What I mean is in most cases I’m getting a form reply from the agent. Usually it states that my story isn’t the right fit for them. These are the worst of them all because you really don’t know why the agent’s saying no to you. It could be that the concept isn’t quite good enough to stand out in the genre. Or it might be that there are some issues with the realism of the world we build. Most likely though, it just isn’t right for the agent.
We have to remember that agents have tons of query letters to read all the time. So they’re not really likely to send a personalized letter explaining why they don’t want our manuscript.
There are other reasons for rejection. I’m very grateful for the few I’ve had because they’ve helped me make corrections to my story.
Any rejections you guys are willing to share? If so, tell me what you think it means and how you can apply that to making your story better.