Thursday, June 2, 2011
This will only sting for a minute
I knew it would happen and had been mentally preparing for it- my first rejection (the first of what could be many- hopefully not many, many). I don't know if it's the eternal optimist in me or my overactive imagination, but when I saw that "Re: Query for An Unexpected Kingdom" in my inbox yesterday, my pulse quickened and my stomach lurched with a tiny thrill. How amazing would it be if one of my top five agent choices, and the first answer I received, was a "hell yes- please, please send me more!"? In a millisecond I was picturing us sitting in New York (possibly Central Park) talking about Ava and Eiden over Diet Cokes and Gray's Papaya hot dogs. I would need to purchase cool sunglasses for the occasion. And then I clicked on the message and saw the rejection- a pretty nice one, but a rejection all the same. I'll admit it- I'm disappointed. I guess if I'm not disappointed every time, it would mean I didn't really care, and I do because I love this novel. The email seemed to be personalized, or else she just has a great form rejection. She said that she "simply did not connect with the voice here enough to pursue this project further", which is a big ouch, but she also said "you're a very skilled writer", which is nice to hear (form rejection or not). Four more out there- hope springs eternal!