Earlier this month a heavy parcel landed with a thud on my porch. My manuscript! With it came a nice rejection letter. I use the word nice
because the literary agent not only expressed disappointment in not being able to accept my book, but also gave me specific feedback, i.e. a push in the right direction.
At first, of course, I was crushed. I had chosen this particular agent for her experience, passion for her work, and approachability. Plus, she’s prompt and keeps her word. But her comments about my novel hit the nail on the head.
Coincidently, the Northwest Christian Writers Association* newsletter came in the mail the following day with an article by Shirley Pope Waite called Rejected? You’re in Good Company! Citing authors such as Rudyard Kipling, J.R. Tolkien, Frank Baum, Madeleine L’Engle, Ursula LeGuin, and James Thurber, each of whom received numerous (20+) rejection letters, the article gave me the impetus to get my chin off the floor and get busy. After all, I’ve only received 5 rejections so far.