I'm wondering how many of you have experienced this situation before.
You finish your book. You revise, you polish until it's sparkly and clean. Your critique group and beta readers love it, so you know it's good. You write a killer query letter and perfect your synopsis.You've researched the perfect agents and get brave enough to send a few queries out just to see what happens...
A few days later, you get an e-mail. It's a reply to one of your query letters. Your stomach drops as you read which agent it's from. This could be it. The agent who will love your book as much as you do. Your heart feels like it's going to beat out of your chest and you shake as you click on the e-mail to open it.
You sigh as the words hit you. It's a form rejection. And even though it's only one, it still hurts.
Anyone who's queried has been in this situation. Querying is not for the weak. Every rejection makes you feel like you're the worst writer in the world at first. It does to me at least. But as you get a few requests, you'll realize everything is so subjective. Different agents like different things. They're people with different tastes. It's just like when you read a book and absolutely love it, but someone else hates it. It's just like querying. Not every agent will love your book. Most will reject you. BUT, all you need is that one person who loves your voice. One person that will give you a chance, and you'll realize all that rejection was worth it because you found the right person to represent you and your work.
You'll never get away from rejection. Even after you get an agent, editors will reject you. Readers will reject you. But you'll also have people who will love your books.That's what keeps me going. Even if I touch one reader, all this rejection and disappointment will be worth it.