Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Have you ever received a rejection for one of your projects? I bet that, if you’ve been submitting your project for any longer than two months, you have received a rejection letter.
Sometimes, after we at Books & Such reject a project, we will receive an email back from the author that either is meant to hurt us or that reveals how hurt the writer is because we rejected the project. Even the emails meant to hurt us usually just show us how hurt that writer is by the rejection.
It’s so easy to assume rejections are personal, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not personal! It’s so easy to feel rejected because your project has been passed up, but the truth is that agents can only take on so many clients at a time.
This client number isn’t set in stone, and it’s different for each agent, but all of us agents have the same amount of time each week to work on proposals, submit projects, and negotiate contracts. Those hours can be stretched only so thin, which is why we are selective with the projects we represent. I like so many of the stories I read, but if a book needs quite a bit of work or if my emotions aren’t 100% involved as I read the story, I’m going to have to pass on representation. As you can see, it’s not personal, it’s business.
I know rejections aren’t easy to take, but I hear it gets easier the longer you are in the business. Keep trusting God’s timing and work on developing a tough skin when it comes to critiques and rejections. The writers who persevere are the ones who end up published. If you give up, you’re chances are miniscule.
How do you handle rejections? If you’ve received several rejections, are they easier to take after awhile?