I have an infinite amount of respect for authors. Everyone who writes a novel, edits the heck out of it, drafts the query letter, and sends it off to literary agents, is hoping their story resonates with the person they are sending it to. Authors have to have thick skin, right? Even some of the great authors faced rejection, but they believed in their stories and kept marching on.
I think the worst part of it is the waiting for a response. Realistically, every agent is being bombarded by queries. When I’m traveling for my job, I sigh when I get off the plane because I know I will have a slew of emails to go through and phone calls to return. It doesn’t compare to what they see on a daily basis.
Right now, I’m on pause after querying a few agents to see what happens with it before I decide what steps to take next. I think it’s a good idea not to burn all your bridges by hitting up every agent in the genre of your novel before finding out if the query letter is doing its job or not.
Every day my ten-year-old son comes home from school, jumps off the bus and rushes through the front door, asking if I’ve heard anything yet. I shake my head, then explain to him that it will take a while. As a mom, it’s important for me to show him that it’s ok to pursue your dreams, to be rejected, and to get right back up and go after it again. That’s life. When it is all said and done, my boys will know that I at least put my stories out there…that I chased my dreams…that maybe it was rejected…but I didn’t stop.
Life is about overcoming obstacles, not quitting when you are faced with one. Man, don’t I know it. I was once a teen mom with the odds stacked against me when I started college, and I stumbled through it at times, but I finished it. I obtained by degree, and I created a solid life for my children. I know that no matter what happens, I can provide for them. I eat obstacles for breakfast. So should you. Dream big, ladies and gents, and never give up.