I am at the point where I am querying agents for a first novel and got my first rejection letter yesterday. Rather than be disappointed, even though I know rejection are way more common than interest, I was rather excited. I printed (It was an email) it out and saved a hard copy as well as the email. It seemed to represent just one more step to my goal of publishing. Today, I mailed out six query packets and have two out by email. I am going to risk overgeneralizing and say that every writer has a bit of a masochist inside.