I recently heard back from an agent who declined the opportunity to represent my work.  This isn’t the first such letter I’ve received,and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  Still, it was a disappointment.  I had reason to think that “This might be the One!”  Alas, not this time, for this book.

Donald Maass once said that we writers shouldn’t look to publishing for  our validation — the game is too chancy, and the quality of the work is only one of many factors that determine an author’s success.  Even the work of well established authors is sometimes passed over.  Especially in this economy.  Look to your day job, or your volunteer work, or your family and friends for proof that you’re time on this earth isn’t wasted.  Not to whether or not you’ve sold a book.


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4 responses to “Rejection

  1. blackwatertown

    Commiserations. I’m about to start down the agent road too.
    I second the last couple of lines in your post.

  2. Donald Maass may be right and, certainly, none of us should interpret our rejections as signs that we don’t matter in this world. You know how it works, all the many reasons an agent or publisher says ‘no’, that it’s not about you as a person. It’s harder to believe in your writing when rejections come, but, if you’re like me, you can’t really give up anyway; something inside will drive you on. Keep writing. 🙂

    • You’re right, rejection of our work is never personal. (Unless you’ve done something completely bone-headed, but none of us would do that. 🙂 ) You’re also right about not being able to give it up. Pretty much only those of us who are compelled to write stick it out.

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