we've encountered our fair share of rejection. from ourselves, each other, critique groups, agents (we'll stop there)
all aspiring authors have their rejection stories. we're not unique in that (um, we hope). but each of our stories are unique ("our stories" meaning our manuscripts and our rejection stories, of course).
this is mine (erica's, that is).
I had a critique group who gave me valuable advice that I can only hope I followed. I had a beta reader who was totally awesome (shout out to you, JC!). I've sent out 12 agent queries and got 3 partial requests - including one from my very first query - and 3 no-responses (my last 3 - same query as those that got the requests) that I don't like to think about. But the 3 partial requests led me to get some good feedback. So, it's a lose-win situation, oddly enough. Lost the agent. Won a review. (blech)
Here's what a few said. Hope I fixed it. We'll see - I just submitted to 2 publishers and HOLY CRAP THE AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARDS WERE JUST ANNOUNCED!!!! (why did I just yell that? I don't know. I do love it, though, so there's that.) (click here for more info. but don't beat me and win - or, if you do, list me in acknowledgments at least).
Here are some of my rejection stories:
**cue cliches - rolled eyes, red face, butterflies in the tummy - the whole shebang**
While I thought the issues you were bringing up in this story are certainly great, I just didn't feel the voice of the story was as strong as I had hoped to convey these ideas.
Cool idea. I loved your opening line. But then I read further and realized that, the writing isn't ready for publication, it needs some editing.
Basically, your query doesn't feel that fresh/new/exciting. It's succinct and professional, but boils down to: girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. Mean girl comes between. It feels a bit recycled. Try to find a fresh new way to pitch it, or try injecting some more voice into it.
Yep, that's me. And my journey with AND (A New Day, a title I hate, but an acronym I love). See my query at this link.
Where has your journey taken you? How has it made you hopeless/hopeful???