Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Rejected, not Dejected

Rejection sucks.

Well, there's a deep and insightful statement, eh? New ground being broken right here, folks!


I'm feeling a little bruised and battered this week. I won't go into details, but a couple of agents I had very high hopes for--meaning they'd requested materials from me within only a couple of days of query, and my stuff fit their profiles--well, they didn't pan out. Surprise, surprise, I will not be an instant success story after all, and the work is not over.

Yes, I know this is NOT a surprise. Instant successes are rare. First-time successes are rare. Nobody wins a free pass. (This knowledge didn't stop me from hoping, however. But still.)

I moped for my allowed day, and I think I'll just be irritable about it for a day more. {g} But now it's time to get back to the drawing board--back to my keyboard. Back to work.

I am so grateful that I have kick-ass writer friends who support me, who tell me what's wrong when something is, and send me virtual hugs when I need them. Who tell me, even though none of us believe it, that those agents will be sorry eventually. Who remind me, and we DO believe it, that those agents weren't right for me or my work anyway. Thank you to them. And yes, I'll go get back to work now.


Cindy said...

Well, damn.

Is that it, though? Will you send it out to more agents? Do you have a second-string? Surely it's not time to give up yet.

And yes, it's your first novel, but the hopes are there, aren't they? In all likelihood you'll be hearing the same from me within the year.

Susan Adrian said...


Hell, no, I'm not giving up. I'm just revising the game plan as I go. {s}

(and yay that I'll be hearing from you, if that means you'll be submitting within a year!)

Cindy said...

Oh, good. It's a great story. And I've read books in print that are nowhere near as good as TMT. You'll find the right match!

And yes, I'll be submitting within the year. Hopefully sooner, if things continue as they are. (she says, looking sly...) I'm feelin' good right now.

Precie said...

So sorry to hear the bad news, Susan. Did any of them give you any feedback you can work with? And have you heard from all the agents you queried this round?

As a fledgling, not even at the query stage, I'm impressed that they asked for pages. What I've read of TMT, I definitely enjoy, and I hope you hear positive news soon!

Susan Adrian said...

Thanks, Precie. Yes, I did get some feedback. And I certainly do have more queries out, etc. I didn't mean to give the impression I was out of the game! I just didn't get a hit on the very first try, that's all. {s} But I'm not one to give up after the first try, not by a long shot.

Anonymous said...


I'm so sorry to hear of the agents' loss in their obvious oversight of a good book. I hope you will be kind in your remarks to the agent who signs you. Now, blow your nose, chin up, and let them regret their decision. Don't gloat to much, a little snicker is sufficient. Good girl.


Beth said...


Sympathetic sigh.

OTOH, this means you're a couple of steps closer to Agent Right.


Susan Adrian said...


LOL! Thanks. It'll happen eventually.

Susan Adrian said...

Thanks, Beth! I'm back working on Book 2 today, so sulk is Officially Over. {s}

ChrisMac said...

Awww, Susan :( That bites! The right one will come along. Keep on trucking. When you do get published, you can send those two a "Na-na-na-na-na" e-mail.

Lorraine said...

Oh man that sucks. Major commiserations on the rejections!! And I love your back-to-work attitude. Surely success is the best revenge!!!

Mrs. Mitty said...

Bah, humbug! Well, what do *they* know, anyway? ;>

I'm sure you'll find the right agent before long. In the meantime {{hugs}}!

And good for you, bouncing back so quickly! You're a great role model. :)

sara said...

*sigh* Rejections do suck, but Agent Right is out there, I'm sure of it. *s*

/Sara E.

Susan Adrian said...

Thank you, everyone! See what I said about cool writer friends? {g}