Submitting your work to an agent is a daunting task. Believe me, I know. Rejection is part of the business, so you know to expect a lot of rejections before you get your acceptance. But no matter how much you expect it, it will never change how disheartening it is to receive that “Thanks, but No Thanks” email. You begin to think your work is not good enough and maybe you are not cut out for this business.
Yes, that feeling is normal, and it is inevitable. But recently, during one of my agent submissions, I received a lovely bit of advice from an automatic reply. It was something simple, but something that reminded me that we are all different and all have different tastes.
“A pass is completely subjective and not a comment on your writing ability or your work’s marketability. Please continue to query and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Including us. After all, H.P. Lovecraft received 200 rejections before his first publication.”
It was a nice little touch. If ever you are feeling down-hearted about your work and feel like you are getting nowhere, just remember that one piece of advice. That’s what I do, and it keeps me passionate about what I write. It also reminds me of why I started writing in the first place. Because I enjoy it. I had a story and I wanted to tell it. This is my story and I love it. If I’m passionate about it and tell it my way, then there are other people out there who will love it to.
To all you prospective writers out there seeking representation – keep your head up and stay passionate because if you are serious about your work, there is always a way forward.