Taking The Sting Out Of Query Rejection


Believe it or not, writing the novel is the easy part. Once it’s finished and polished, it’s time to send it out in the world in search of an agent, editor, or publisher. The writer now has to undergo the often daunting task of condensing their entire novel down to two paragraphs. For tips on writing query letters, see the links below.

I’m here today to talk about taking the sting out of rejection, or at least a technique that has worked for me. It has taken the fear out of hitting the “SEND” button because either way, it’s a win win situation.

For every rejection (or 3) I get a book.

It can be checked out from the library, borrowed from the Kindle Lending Library, a free download e-book, new book, or a not-even-out-yet book like Gena Showalter’s new book Alice in Zombieland.

Don’t be tempted to cheat with this technique. It only applies to query letters written to the best of your abilities. Since I started this, I’ve earned a few nibbles from interested agents. Awesome! I’ve also received a few rejections. Only now, instead of thinking my work isn’t good enough, when the truth is my project isn’t right for that particular agent, I think NEW BOOK!

How do you take the sting out of rejection?

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15 comments on “Taking The Sting Out Of Query Rejection

  1. What a great attitude. 🙂 Good luck!

    IWSG #179 (At least until Alex culls the list again. :P)

  2. Fantastic idea! So what are you going to do when you get that book deal? Never buy another book? ;o) (cause I can’t imagine you NOT getting a book deal)

    • Appreciate the vote of confidence, Jennifer. And when I get that book deal, I’ll have plenty of reason to celebrate which means lots of books and brownies. Can’t celebrate a book desk without brownies.

  3. That’s brilliant! 😀

  4. That is awesome, Natasha! I’d have a whole library by now. Oh wait…I do. LOL!

  5. Love it! I’ve also heard some people say they look at each rejection as their being one step closer to the offer. 🙂

    • Yeah, I tried that whole one step closer thing, but it just looked like a pile of rejection letters. This book thing helps me learn about the craft since I read like a writer.

  6. lbdiamond says:

    Ha! This is great. If I used this rule, I’d have thousands of books, LOL! (OK, I’m exaggerating, but still…)

    • Then you might have to rack up 5 rejections to earn a book. 🙂
      Besides, if I remember correctly you landed a contract for your YA Paranormal Romance SHIFTING PRIDE. Can’t wait to get my copy.

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