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    Garball Banned Contributor

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    First rejection letter!

    Discussion in 'Query & Cover Letter Critique' started by Garball, Jun 19, 2013.

    I just received my first rejection letter! It has been 26 days since I queried that agent and I finally got rejected. I could take this as a bad sign, but I won't. This was not a stock letter; somebody actually took the time to glance at the first fifty pages of my MS and decided they did not like it. The feedback was minimal, but still, somebody in the business has read my work. Awesome!

    That is one down and six more to go of my first batch of queries, and I think they will all be rejections. I rushed into the query stage without a lot of research and my MS could still use some tweaking I'm sure. As a neophyte author, however, knowing my query avoided the slush and my writing was read gives me nothing but hope!

    Keep your heads up fellow tinkers of the type, you pilots of the plot!
     
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    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    You write some good stuff. I think you're taking this properly. :)
     
  3. Ellsbeth

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    Congratulations!!!! You're well on your way, frame that puppy and when you've published you can look back and show it to people.
     
  4. Garball

    Garball Banned Contributor

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    Bullshit! I'm going to have one of my psychopathic rednecks that I love so dearly pay her a visit!:D Prosit!!
     
  5. Thomas Kitchen

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    Well done on taking it so positively. I have yet to send my work out (will be doing so in two months), so even I don't know how I'll react! I've always lived with the motto: "Aim high, expect low." For your case, write the best you can and aim to be published with your work, but then when you send it out to agents expect to be rejected. That way, you will not be disappointed, and you will be ecstatic when you are accepted!

    Major kudos, man. :)
     
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    I only hear that you have completed your project! Congrates!
     
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    I have about 30!

    What do they know huh?

    We should have a competition here for who has the most lol!

    Onwards and upwords my friend!
     
  8. EdFromNY

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    Congratulations, both on taking the step of querying and on having the right emotional approach to the process. And, yes, it sure does feel good to know your work has caught someone's attention, even if it's not where you want to go.

    Some suggestions, before you continue. First, you mentioned that you rushed into the query stage and that your ms still needs work. Go back and review it and make sure you are 100% satisfied before you query further. Secondly, if I read your OP correctly, you included 50 pages of your ms with your query letter. I would recommend checking out each agency before you query to see what their submission guidelines are and then make sure you don't vary from them.

    Best of luck.
     
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    [MENTION=50537]Thomas Kitchen[/MENTION]:

    Wow, we happen to have the same life philosophy!
     
  10. Garball

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    They actually requested first 50 pages. I thought that seemed like a lot.

    Now that I have a new MS in the works, I am going to take a few weeks off from the first and let it become a stranger again.
     
  11. EdFromNY

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    Wow. Well, it sounds like you are taking a solid approach.
     
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    Awesome stuff, keep up the good work.
     
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    Just remember, folks. Every rejection is one step closer to a sale!
     
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    Congratulations!
     

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