Received my first agent rejection letter yesterday. After doing all this research the agents start to feel a bit like rock stars. When I got the letter it felt like LL Cool J wrote me but just to tell me, "It is not you, it is me." I was flattered to have a personalized letter of encouragement but felt kicked in the stomach for the no. After a quick session of weeping on the back porch, I came back in to get to work.
Knowing the rumors that this was to be expected I made a list before I sent anything out. In this time of sad desperation I went to the list. I plucked out my next top two favorites, Folio agency and Ethan Ellenberg. A quick question to the magic 8 ball and the letter went to Denise Little at Ethan Ellenberg. It was an email query, a first for me. I was nervous about the format but think I got everything right. Some research revealed that she is a bit behind on her queries...but to hang on and she will reply within the two weeks. Hope that holds true even for the holidays.
Even though I am licking my wounds I still am moving forward. The next query letter has been sent. I added another two thousand words to book two. When feeling sad action is the best medicine, but so are friends. A very encouraging post was left on my Facebook page from a dear friend, Rodney. In it he left a link to a web page that really made me feel better. I will share it here. Enjoy. Remember, get back up and turn failure into victory.