Rejection hurts. You throw your heart and soul into your work, write the best book you possibly can, and finally, after years of work, are ready to send your baby out into the world. If you're like me, those first few queries were sent with such hope. You know your book is amazing. Everyone's going to love it!
Then the rejection notes start trickling in. Usually just a line or two: 'thanks, but I don't feel this is the best fit with me', 'thanks, but I don't feel I'm the right advocate for your work', 'thanks, but no thanks'.
Self-doubt starts creeping in along with the steady stream of rejection. Am I any good? Is my book crap? Should I just give up and take up bowling instead? It's at this point many writers give up.
But you shouldn't. Do you love every book you read? When you go to a library or bookstore, how many cover-blurbs do you read before you pick a book to take home? The agents reading your query letter are human and have their own personal tastes. Even if you've done your research (and you have done research before sending off your query, right?) you can't guarantee any individual is going to connect to your book. Maybe the query isn't right and you need to go back and tweak it. Maybe the agent got four other queries on similar topics that day. Maybe they already have a book about clinically depressed angels coming out that year.
The trick is not to give up. Sure, allow yourself a moment or two to feel sad, but pick yourself up, pick another agent and take another stab at it. Write a new query letter and try again. Just don't quit. If you know your book is good, then in the end, someone else will recognize that too.
At least, that's what we all hope. And in the meantime? Write another book.
How do you deal with rejection?