Pink Think: “A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” – Bo Bennett
After six weeks of waiting, I got an e-mail from the agent yesterday.
She said my novel “Ghost Moon Night” is a “unique, rich story, full of fascinating details and evocative language,” but…
…she “ultimately didn’t make a strong enough connection to the story to pursue it further.”
I sat stunned at the computer for several minutes, then went about the chores I needed to do. I began cooking our taco dinner. Then I took my youngest to soccer practice. As I walked down the length of the soccer field, I noticed that there were some brown spots in the lawn. The air seemed polluted. I said hello to Sabrina’s soccer coach when all I wanted to do was to crawl in a hole somewhere and cry.
My first query. My first request for a full. My first rejection.
It hurts like crazy.
Last night, I watched the Olympics on TV; watched USA’s Alicia Sacramone fall off the balance beam on a particularly difficult mount, a costly mistake that shook her composure and perhaps cost her team the gold medal. During the next hour, she and her teammates looked on grimly as the Chinese gymnasts wowed the crowd with their amazing performance.
Team USA took silver. Second best in the whole world.
Shouldn’t this have been a reason to celebrate? Yeah, but I’m sure for Team USA it still hurt.
I know I am still fledgling in my novel-writing career. One query? One rejection?That’s nothing compared to what other, more successful writers, have experienced before me.
Indulging in a pity party, I told my husband I wanted to give up after this first try. And of course, well-meaning that he is, he said essentially: “Get over it and send out more queries.”
I need to remember the good things: that the agent replied to my query personally, that she requested a full, that my ms has merit.
That even though I got second best, I can still give gold another shot.