Oh, rejection. My constant companion. You sort of feel like an old friend that I haven't heard from for a while. Sometimes you're so brutally honest that I want to tear my hair out or curl up in a ball and cry. But other times you give me compliments and I can't be mad or sad at you at all.
Everyone gets rejected. Everyone who's had a book published has been rejected at least once. Probably more. I don't think I know anyone that hasn't received a rejection on their work. It's hard to get used to getting rejected, but in this business you have to have some major thick skin. Rejection is NOT fun. It stings. It hurts. It punches you in the gut and takes your breath away. It makes you cry or scream in frustration. It makes you want to give up.
I think it all comes down to this.
Rejection sucks. But it's part of life. And a HUGE part of the writing world.
Not all rejections are bad though. Sometimes a rejection can help give you that little push to do a little better next time. If you get a rejection that has some feedback on your writing, take it for what it's worth. Sometimes an agent will love your voice, but not your idea. So, if a few agents say the same thing, write a new book that might work. Write a book that's even better than your first idea and make it shine.
Not every book will get a home. And that's okay. With every book you write, the better you get. And one day, those rejections will slow down. You'll get opportunities you've never had before. And all those past rejections will be worth it.
How do you handle rejection?