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selkn.asrai
07-22-2009, 05:46 PM
I recently sent out some more queries and the rejections inevitably came. But the worst of my reactions is the fear that my chances of being repped for this project are dwindling, like a door kicked open only to groan shut.

Having met members whose number of Rs are in the hundreds, agents seem inexhaustible. But they're not, especially if they're reputable.

I need to eat some chocolate and quit worrying, but arg.

Does anyone empathize with my paranoia?

ink wench
07-22-2009, 06:28 PM
Is it paranoia if they really are out to get you?

Seriously, yes, it sucks and I'm sorry. *passes chocolate* I've trunked four novels (well, technically, I still have fulls our on two of them, but I've stopped querying because they're as good as dead). I'd like to say it gets easier with each one, but it doesn't. My doubts about my ability to ever write something worth reading just increase.

But there's no point giving in to the paranoia. It's not over until the last R comes back, so hang in there! The last query you send could be the one. :) And if it's not, you write something else and let the nail biting commence once more. Good luck!

MsJudy
07-22-2009, 07:48 PM
Does anyone else feel like this?

Oh, yeah. Getting down to the end of your list of agents is such a yukky feeling. Especially if you've gotten a few nibbles, a few requests for partials or fulls, so you know you're not completely incompetent, and maybe if there were only twenty or thirty more people you could query, you'd find the one....

Ink Wench is right. All you can do is keep working. Keep learning, honing your skills, searching for that idea that will grab them all by the short hairs and finally open that door....

Good luck! And don't give up!

Calla Lily
07-22-2009, 07:55 PM
It's worth repeating here that I read about an agent in AW's B&BC forum, researched him, and thought "why not query?" 6 days and 2 phone calls later, he offered.

I have something like 200 rejections in folders on my HD--I don't want to open and count them. :tongue Thus my sig line. :D

ETA: This was my second book, not my first. Although The Agent has asked to see my first.

Red-Green
07-22-2009, 08:02 PM
It's also worth noting that I had sent 85 queries and had only 22 prospects left to query, when agent #42 requested the full. Two weeks later he called and offered.

Of course, this is my 5th book and the 2nd one that I seriously queried. So sometimes you do have to walk away from a project. I feel for you.

LittleFlowerLei
08-06-2009, 10:28 AM
I get a lot of rejections, actually. a lot more than I'd like ^_^' so my advice is just to keep at it, you know? don't give up! :D

"That's very nice if they want to publish you, but don't pay too much attention to it. It will toss you away. Just continue to write."
Natalie Goldberg

I try to follow that quote when I start getting discouraged.

alias octavia
08-06-2009, 02:20 PM
Great quote. I heart Natalie Goldberg so much :)


I get a lot of rejections, actually. a lot more than I'd like ^_^' so my advice is just to keep at it, you know? don't give up! :D

"That's very nice if they want to publish you, but don't pay too much attention to it. It will toss you away. Just continue to write."
Natalie Goldberg

I try to follow that quote when I start getting discouraged.

Wordwrestler
08-07-2009, 11:47 PM
It's never over as long as you're still writing, still producing new work to query. I'd estimate I have about 200 rejections from the first 3 works I queried. For the fourth I got about a dozen rejections before I got an agent.

Phaeal
08-09-2009, 07:21 PM
Yeah, I hate to hear any door bang shut. But then I slip a thank-you-for-your-response note under that door and move on to the next.

I've found I feel a lot better when I send these TY notes. They're just a few handwritten lines on little notecards, but they seem to me to complete a circle of communication. Besides, I like to encourage the agents who respond, let them know that this effort is appreciated, whether it's a form rejection or a note dashed on the query letter itself or a longer comment.

Silence presses on the eardrums so.