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Question.

All creativity aside, time to get down to the nitty gritty.

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If given the choice when querying an agent to use snail mail or e-mail, what would you choose?

To date, I’ve opted for e-mail (why waster paper, postage, effort, and time), but now I am not certain, and have put off a couple submissions until I come to decision.

The only positive responses I’ve received thus far have been via e-mail. All envelopes have come with sincere regrets. But, I know that paper in my hands is so much more meaningful (why I have not yet read an e-book). Yet, would this make any difference to an agent who receives hundreds¬† a week?


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The Dreaded Query

After deciding that I had procrastinated enough, and that I had re-written my query letter about twenty too many times, I sent it out to four agents via e-mail. I regretted it each and every time I pressed the send button on my e-mail. The amazing part of this story is that within twenty-four hours I had a response from three of the four agents asking for a full ms. For days I could hardly speak. I became so nervous I wished no agent had ever asked for my manuscript to begin with.
A few weeks later, and I am now a writer with a broken heart. Two of the agents have said “Thank you, but no thank you.”

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Yes – I know – we are not supposed to take rejection personally.

I tell myself I am now officially a writer – after all, I’ve been told that you can’t be a writer without experiencing rejection, and lots of it!

We all know the stories of the bestselling award winning authors who faced rejection:

carrie stephen king
harry potter
john grisham
the princess dairies
dune

Last winter I won a literary award for a short, and after the initial thrill, I was dismayed – I would be expected to perform from now on like an award winning writer. It felt much the same way when I was asked for a full ms – uh oh – I wrote a great query – but can my novel live up? I have decided the answer is yes. I am just going to have buckle down, roll up my sleeves (yes – I just used two cliches!) and get hard at work.

In the meantime, I’ll try to enjoy my status as a rejected fiction writer. (And, I’ll be holding out for that third agent…)

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