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My First Query Rejection

I'm happy to report that my first query rejection was prompt, courteous, and helpful!


Just a week after sending the query, I have received a response (from the VP of the agency, no less) including a brief note of apology, well wishes, and best of all, a reason for rejection: not drawn to the concept.

To be frank, this response exceeded my expectations! I had geared myself up to expect to wait weeks before receiving a few form letters and a lot of silence.

My plan now is to watch for whether a pattern of rejection emerges. If multiple agents tell me that my concept doesn't speak to them, I will not go ahead and start working on my sequel, as I had thought I would do. Instead, I'll pick up a new project from my pile of novel ideas, with a new concept, and see if I can write an even better potential debut.

And if no pattern emerges? I guess I'll have to consult with my writing group and then go with my gut on what to do next.

I'm feeling pleased with myself that I opened up that first rejection letter and met it with a smile. The fear of how rejection would make me feel was a whole lot worse than having it finally happen. I'm feeling strong in my ability to take criticism as an opportunity for growth. Let's see if I can keep it up!

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  1. Wonderful way to take it! That sort of feedback IS actually helpful for writers, I think. I'll keep you posted on my forthcoming rejections, too, so we can share the love.

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    1. Yay, rejections! This means we are creating and taking risks! I'm about to go send off a few more queries.

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