Haven’t we all been rejected at some time in our lives? I don’t know about you, but with me, rejection is easier to bear when I understand the reason for it. That holds true in romance, sales…and writing.
I recently received a rejection after querying an agent that I thought for sure would be a good fit. And that rejection came before I was given the opportunity to submit the full manuscript.
Rejection always stings, but I had such a good feeling when I sent my query that I was especially disappointed. Of course, now that I have gone through all the stages of grief (at least in my head), I accept the fact that the agent knew what was right for his or her agency better than I.
However, at the time of the rejection, I needed a sympathetic ear. I received several, in fact. One particular critique partner from a group I joined through American Christian Fiction Writers put the experience in perspective for me. She related her own recent experience with rejection, more devastating than mine, and reminded me that there is always a reason for it. Sometimes the reason is that there is a better “fit” awaiting us in the future. We just have to be patient.
I think I can do that.
What was the most painful rejection you have ever experienced–in your writing life, career, relationships, or otherwise? Did it wind up being the best thing that could have happened?