1) Standard form rejection based on partial, five minutes after you pressed send.
2) Standard form rejection based on partial.
3) Personalised rejection based on partial (you’ve got talent variety).
4) Standard form rejection based on full.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” W. C. Fields“
5) Personalised rejection based on full (I didn’t buy into this aspect, but it’s a good idea).
6) Personalised rejection based on full (send us your next one).
7) Personalised rejection after you have resubmitted the same novel, which they asked you to edit further.
“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.” Isaac Asimov
This time I made no. 5. The higher the number the higher the hurt; 5 hurts pretty bad.
The only way to avoid it is either a) be a genius or b) don’t submit.
I’m working on a) and considering b).
And yes I know, it is only one agent. It doesn’t mean others won’t love it, but my writing ego is soft and easily wounded. I have to learn to toughen up because the alternative is not to write, and I can’t imagine not.
“After rejection – misery, then thoughts of revenge, and finally, oh well, another try elsewhere.” Mason Cooley
What number have you got to? Do you struggle to send your novel out again?
“If you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain.” Dolly Parton