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wickeddj
05-13-2008, 08:58 PM
Ask me how my morning is going. Do it. Dare ya....well? I'll tell you anyway, even though I'm not usually one of those people.
I was up until almost 5:00 this morning removing over 150 porcupine quills from my darling retarded dog's face, mouth, ear, and chest. Was woken up (at 7:30, natch) by my children and checked my e-mail to find my--you guessed it--very first rejection letter. A form letter. From the guy I queried *inhales sharply* YESTERDAY. :Headbang:

Okay. It's better now. Mostly. At least I feel like a real writer now that I have a rejection letter tacked to the wall.
:e2bike2:

DWSTXS
05-13-2008, 09:02 PM
poor puppy! Is he okay now?

Your rejection letter? Laugh it off! You'll show him/her/them one of these days!

dawinsor
05-13-2008, 09:25 PM
Ouch. The poor dog. Some of them have a hard time learning, but then we don't dogs to do higher math for us.

Sorry about the rejection. You're right that it makes you a real writer, though.

xiaotien
05-13-2008, 09:29 PM
congrats on the quick R!
(believe me, when you send out 100 queries,
you appreciate the quick R response.)

sorry about the dog. =(

i hope he doesn't do it again.

best way to get over a fast R?
send out 5 more queries. =)

good luck!

wickeddj
05-13-2008, 09:41 PM
Thank you...and pup (his name is Winchester, he is a German shorthaired pointer) is going to be okay. He's tough, if not brainy. He is an avid hunter, but I hope he doesn't do this again--highly unpleasant.

As for the rejection...I do have one question. It was an e-query, responded to with a form letter e-mail--do I send a 'thank you for your time' note to be polite, or would that actually be a rude waste of said agent's time (or just plain silly)? And has anyone else noticed how hard it is to look cool when you're so damn new at something?:cool:

DWSTXS
05-13-2008, 09:44 PM
do you have a 'thank you for what miniscule-amount-of-time-you-actually-spent-on-it' e-mail you could send?

:)

sheadakota
05-13-2008, 09:53 PM
OoOO Sorry about the pup- I have had the experience as well, not fun for either of us

Sorry about the rejection as well, but a thank you for a for a form rejection? I don't think so

wickeddj
05-13-2008, 09:56 PM
Err..good point. Screw 'em.

gettingby
05-13-2008, 09:58 PM
do you have a 'thank you for what miniscule-amount-of-time-you-actually-spent-on-it' e-mail you could send?

:)

I would not send something like that! It doesn't take too long to read a query. Some agents do go through them quickly. Sorry to hear about your rejection. I hope the day gets better for you, but I really would avoid responding at all back to an agent that sent you a form rejection. It is best to just let it go and move on.

clara bow
05-13-2008, 10:03 PM
I hope Winchester appreciates your level of dedication. Clearly this agent didn't, lol!

Don't worry about sending a thank you. The only time you might want to do that is if an agent gave you personalized feedback on a partial or full.

Fingers crossed that the next rejection is not preceded by so much drama. Better yet, that it's not a rejection at all.

wickeddj
05-13-2008, 10:23 PM
Ironically, I just received rejection #2. I am a superstitious Irish girl and now that bad luck has arrived in its cliched form of "threes" maybe I am off the hook. Looks like I have more query letters to write.

Dum de dum doo doo. *brushes imaginary ickies off shoulder, pulls up bootstraps (or slipper straps, as the case may be), moves on* :D

Saundra Julian
05-13-2008, 10:29 PM
Sorry on both counts...hang tough, sweetie!

Phaeal
05-13-2008, 10:50 PM
I only send thank yous for personal rejections, and then, if possible, I send them snail-mail on my best stationery.

MsJudy
05-14-2008, 05:06 AM
It puts it all in perspective. One little old e-rejection doesn't hurt at all--compared to 150 porcupine quills!

BigRed
05-14-2008, 10:46 PM
Just to cheer yourself up a smidge...use that imaginative writers mind of yours and imagine those quills sticking out of the butts of the two who rejected you. (And save some for the next, just in case there is one.) There now, I bet you feel better! I know I do! :roll: Keep the faith!

Just Me 2021
05-15-2008, 01:31 AM
The best way to counter those rejections is to send out more queries! Go for it!

soleary
05-15-2008, 01:33 AM
Sorry about the doggie and the rejection. I imagine he's shaken it off by now. Follow his lead. You're a real writer now ;)!

wickeddj
05-16-2008, 02:50 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement. (Big Red, I like your style!)
On a happy note, I just got a personal rejection (I find that encouraging, at least) from Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger...she was very kind--just said that my opening pages didn't grab her as much as she had hoped they would. At least that's a start.

Margaritas, anyone? I'm buying!:e2drunk:

Dee Carney
05-18-2008, 01:42 PM
Thank you...and pup (his name is Winchester, he is a German shorthaired pointer) is going to be okay. He's tough, if not brainy. He is an avid hunter, but I hope he doesn't do this again--highly unpleasant.


Totally off topic here, but I have a German shorthaired pointer too and mine is as dumb as a brick. Is it the breed? Eesh.

Anyway, sorry about the rejection. Just not the right place/time. Keep on writing.

smallthunder
05-24-2008, 04:44 AM
It puts it all in perspective. One little old e-rejection doesn't hurt at all--compared to 150 porcupine quills!

Funny you should say that ...

I was just sitting here at my computer, feeling all crappy that the second agent who had requested a full has -- like the first -- just e-mailed me a rejection --

when my beloved dachshund barfed all over the chair and carpet by my side.

"Ah, yes!" I thought, as I comforted the dog and began to clean up the mess. "There's always your dog to put things in perspective."

In other words, there is abstract unpleasantness, and then there's concrete (if runny, and puky-phlemghy) unpleasantness. And you'll survive both.

LimeyDawg
05-24-2008, 05:27 AM
Ask me how my morning is going. Do it. Dare ya....well? I'll tell you anyway, even though I'm not usually one of those people.
I was up until almost 5:00 this morning removing over 150 porcupine quills from my darling retarded dog's face, mouth, ear, and chest. Was woken up (at 7:30, natch) by my children and checked my e-mail to find my--you guessed it--very first rejection letter. A form letter. From the guy I queried *inhales sharply* YESTERDAY. :Headbang:

Okay. It's better now. Mostly. At least I feel like a real writer now that I have a rejection letter tacked to the wall.
:e2bike2:
They waited an entire day???? Wow. I dream of rejection letters that take more than a day, lol. Hang in there, keep querying, and remember, like the soon-to-be-famous Limeydawg sometimes says Illegitimae non carborundum est. (don't let the bastards wear you down)

Haggis
05-24-2008, 05:44 AM
Two rejections? Congrats. You are a real writer now. Be sure you send those queries right out again. Just like you did before.

As for your dog? He probably shouldn't do what he did before.

:D

wickeddj
05-24-2008, 09:57 PM
Dee-- I think it must be the breed, or we're uniquely blessed with morondogs. He is all better now. I hope Mr. Porcupine gives our place wide berth from now on, because I guarantee the dog did not learn his lesson. If he were a kid, he would eat paste and run with scissors.
Smallthunder--Yup--perspective is priceless, ain't it?
Limeydawg--Thanks.
Haggis--He shouldn't but...see above.

And on the WOOP WOOP front:

Jessica Faust at Bookends Inc requested sample chapters and a proposal package this morning!!!!!!

:snoopy:

Karen Duvall
05-24-2008, 10:28 PM
That's awesome, Wicked! Jessica is first rate. She rejected my partial, but I don't hold that against her. Ha! :tongue

wickeddj
05-24-2008, 11:01 PM
Thanks, Karen--I was just reading some other posts about her, she sounds tough. I better go work on that proposal!

*still doing a happy dance*