A friend of mine got a rejection today. Damn. I know how that feels. So bloody disappointing. You send your query, maybe with pages, to an agent. Maybe you’re counting on this agent. Maybe she’s The One. In your mind, it’s make or break time: if she says yes, you’re home free. If not. . .
Like I said, Damn..
I met this person through AbsoluteWrite. She’s been there for me, many times. Too many to count. We both know the drill: in this writing business, you have to take risks and you have to be willing to accept disappointment. Sometimes, deep disappointment. Sometimes your best efforts won’t be good enough. Even with a great novel, it’s a crap shoot. Heck, a bad cup of coffee might start off your dream agent’s shitty day, the very the day she decides to read your manuscript. So many variables out of your control come into play. It’s not just about you and your wonderful book, even if it should be.
But knowing all that doesn’t ease the disappointment sometimes. Sometimes, you get a rejection and if feels like hope is getting sucked right out of your marrow.
I hope my friend can stand tough. Regardless, I’m standing with her because I believe in her and her work, even if she doesn’t right now. I want to tell her, Sometimes you falter, start doubting yourself, doubting your chances. Sometimes you need somebody to step up, hold you up.
At least, offer you a little support–
You’ve done it for me, babe. Let me be the tough broad today.