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REJECTION—IT'S NOT PERSONAL
I try my best to limit rejection by visiting the Manuscript Wish List. On this website, I can match my work to the kind of manuscripts agents are craving. Even still, that doesn't guarantee the agent will say yes. Crazy, huh?
- This is not a good fit for my list
- I am not connecting with the voice
- I'm not the right agent for this project
- I have no vision where to pitch this
- I can't see where this would sit in the market
- It's not in my wheelhouse
After 50 rejections, I shelved Maggie and worked on other pieces. But five years later, there was an opportunity to have a manuscript critique by a highly respected editorial consultant. I revised Maggie because I hadn't seen it in years and then submitted it for a professional critique. When I received the consultant's notes, I revised the story again and sent it out again to five more agents.
It's difficult to stay positive when you receive rejections. But remember that the whole submitting process is subjective. If you believe in every aspect of it of your story—the main character, the plot, the voice, and the takeaway message—then don't give up. Assume and persist. Imagine the wish fulfilled. All things are possible. Don't think about what could go wrong. Think about what could go right. It only takes one agent to say yes.
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When the world says, "Give up," hope whispers, "Try it one more time."