Monday, June 28, 2010

Try, Try Again

I'm back now. For real this time, (I hope). I'm running with the theme of this week's Quote and starting over. Sort of. I'm still working up to 100%, slow going, but I keep getting these "friendly reminders" to take the time. You know who you are!

Well, some of you may know, I've been swimming a bit in the vast query oceans and with all querying comes rejection. It totally sucks. There's a lot out there that tells you not to take rejections personally, but seriously?

These projects have taken months . . . years of our lives to complete. And have probably taken years off our lives just to get to this point!

Everyone deals with rejection differently and no matter how much we try to let it roll off our backs, the sting of it lingers.For me, I send off my queries, up to 5 at a time, and then just don't let myself think about it. It's a wonder what being distracted by your health, two small kids, a full time job, a monstrous reading list, and just the regular dealings of day-to-day life can do. And if a request comes up, Woohoo. If a rejection comes, well crap, but I can always drown myself in some Starbucks ice cream (my new fave!) and send out 5 more queries and try again!

So how do you deal with rejection? Some ice cream and more queries? A cup of tea and some agent research? Or how about 2K new words in your latest wip?


Stephanie McGee said...

I didn't know you were querying! Very exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. Good luck with it.

Danyelle said...

Depends on how invested I am. :) I also have a wonderful Spouse Creature that won't let me give up no matter how many times I quit. :p

Lydia Kang said...

I have days when the R's don't bother me a bit, and other days when I'm upset. It depends. But the best medicine for me is to immerse myself in a new writing project. That really helps!

Angie said...

I've had lots of rejections, and I mean LOTS. Hundreds. Short story markets will do that to you. Some have made me mad, some have made me cry, some have even made me feel good. It depends. I try to send the rejected piece off again as soon as possible, but sometimes I have to wait a few days. Working on my current WIP helps a lot, and holding on to my dogged belief that I can succeed.

Kate Hart said...

Pretty much what Lydia said. I always rolled my eyes when people said, "Get to work on your 2nd book" but now I get it.

Good luck sweets! If you need somebody to gripe to, you know where I am-- in query letter hell right beside you. ;)