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  1. A.M.P.

    A.M.P. People Buy My Books for the Bio Photo Contributor

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    My First Rejection

    Discussion in 'Insights & Inspiration' started by A.M.P., Apr 11, 2016.

    I just got my first rejection from my first batch.
    It's a form letter, that admits it's a form letter, but links to a few storytelling tips articles (One of which I know)

    So much for being super duper lucky! (I was rather interested in that agent)

    My feeling?
    Disappointed mildly. It would've been nice.
    But.. I won't lose any sleep or focus today from it.
     
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    Wayjor Frippery Contributing Member Contributor

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    Respect, A.M.P., respect most high. You've popped your rejection cherry, and now publication awaits (whenever that may be, but you're one significant step closer). Keep plugging away and you'll get there. :agreed:

    Two kinds of writers. Those who've never submitted and those who've been rejected.

    Published writers only belong to one of these categories. :bigwink:
     
  3. A.M.P.

    A.M.P. People Buy My Books for the Bio Photo Contributor

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    True!
    But I wrote short stories before novels and I even attempted a few contests.
    So rejection isn't entirely new but this is by far my best and most professional work, so it's a new thing on its own.
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Congratulations! Seriously, because you're on the path to acceptance. It's just a fairly bumpy and twisty road. :D
     
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    mrieder79 Probably not a ground squirrel

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    Right there with you bud, received my first rejection about 2 minutes ago. It was, of course, from the agent I liked the best.
     
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    nippy818 Active Member

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    I got my fifth one on Friday. doesn't seems to feel any better lol
     
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    mrieder79 Probably not a ground squirrel

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    I've decided not to check my inbox right before writing time. Took me a solid 20 minutes to get into the groove after mine. It's like trying to eat clam chowder after a good dose of ipecac.
     
  8. A.M.P.

    A.M.P. People Buy My Books for the Bio Photo Contributor

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    I just have my e-mail tab open.
    I look for the "Inbox (1)" message to pop up.
     
  9. WriterMMS

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    One day they'll regret rejecting your masterpiece, just like the people who rejected jk rawlings harry potta
     
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  10. A.M.P.

    A.M.P. People Buy My Books for the Bio Photo Contributor

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    Maybe they just weren't the right people for it and if they did buy it the sales would be hurt?
    Or perhaps there's just too much of it in the market at the moment.

    I doubt they'll regret it.
    They wish the best for me and themselves :3
     
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    Well, you need a tough hide for this job.
     
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    Either try somewhere else, try there later, or consider that the idea needs improving and rewrite it. Or, at least, that's what I think. (Doesn't really know).
     
  13. A.M.P.

    A.M.P. People Buy My Books for the Bio Photo Contributor

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    Good thing I'm too cocky to be overly hurt :p

    That's what first batches are for, right?
    Testing out the query, hoping for some personal comments, and improving.
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    My "dream" agent didn't even bother replying to reject me. She just let the silence speak for itself.

    Which turned out rather well actually. :D
     
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    I am sorry about your rejection but I have to clap it up for you for even submitting, most people that I know who write always keep their work to themselves claiming that it's not ready. You have already taken the steps towards greatness!
     
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    That's the spirit!!
     
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    I agree. Keep at it and I'm sure you'll get there. I wish I was able to submit my work but I have a looong way to go.
    Hats off to ya!
     
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    Even great quarterbacks throw an incomplete pass once in a while. Even great basketball players miss more shots than they make. It's just part of the game.
     
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    It's been almost a year since you posted this, any new luck?
     
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    oops lol
     
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    Don't give up on the agent. They may like your next book.
    Don't give up on the book. Many people had dozens of rejections before the book was accepted.
     
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    Lew Contributing Member Contributor

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    When I was transitioning to civilian employment ahead of retiring from the Navy, one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to be proud of the rejections of your job application letters, keep a file of them. If it is bulging, you are at least sending out something they think is worth answering, even if it is "No, Thanks"

    The reality is, agents receive hundreds to thousands of queries a month, and actually pick just a dozen or so to push for the entire year. So your chance of being asked for a manuscript has a lot more to do with what is on their plate at the moment, what their specific hot item is, than the quality of your work. Obviously your query letter and your work sample should be impeccable, so they don't have a reason to reject it because of a typo. But primarily, you are fighting their randomly distributed workload schedule (odds about 1 in a thousand or worse) before you even get your foot in the door to present your work's quality. So hang in there.

    That being said, I gave up after 40-50 queries and self published through CreateSpace. But that had to do with my age (now 69) and the fact that if I were accepted, it would be another year or two before my book ever got to the public. I only have a few more productive years left, and I did not want to squander them writing queries. But you are probably a lot younger, you can wait for that break, and I wish you a lot of luck! You are off to a great start!
     
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    I'm planning on pasting my rejection slips for my first novel all over my walls and ceiling. The day I get published, the room will have a sweet feel.
     
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    Actually, as far as my observations go regarding getting a first novel accepted, rejections, rejections and rejections are a routine. Like, what the hell. I've read of authors who wrote absolutely masterful books and got their first (fifth written in total) book accepted after ten plus years. Equally there are YA fantasy books I don't even bother reading the content on wiki, 'cos, YA fantasy.
     
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    I remember my first rejection. I send short story and I was sure, it will be publish :) For me, that was very good story, and when I've been rejected, I was very suprised, dissapointed and angry :D Later I wrote different story and... it was rejected as well. And I stopped with my writing for few years. Now I want to try again.
     

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