A few weeks back, Layne sent me a blog post titled, “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year”.
“Collect rejections. Set rejection goals. I know someone who shoots for one hundred rejections in a year, because if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances, too.”
It’s been nearly three weeks since we sent off our query for Remember Us and we have received not one, but TWO rejection responses from agents.
They sound eerily familiar at the beginning with a “thank you for your query” and end with “your project is not a right fit.”
Being rejected is NEVER easy. To be honest, we feel a lot of things about it – glad our letters aren’t falling into the abyss, happy we’re actually getting responses, sad of course, contemplative.
We want our worked (blood, sweat, tears and passion) loved and caressed and sent straight to the New York Times Best Sellers list.
But that’s not reality for most of us.
Instead of going negative, we are evaluating our letter to see what we might need to change for our second round of querying if need be and remember our aim is for 100 rejections so we will get that one acceptance.
“Perhaps aiming for rejection, a far more attainable goal, would take some of the sting out of this ego-bruising exercise—which so often feels like an exercise in futility.”
As we wait to hear/or not hear back from the remaining seven, we begin to search out new agents we will submit to. And we will keep going until we reach our 100 rejections, because at some point someone will find our hidden gem in the sea of submissions and take a chance on two girls who have a dream, a good book and lots of heart.
“The thrill of an acceptance eventually wears off, but the quiet solidarity of an encouraging rejection lasts forever.”