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.