So, friends, this weekend, a few things happened which is why I'm going to make this brief (see letter d).
a) I realized I am *not* cough* 22, while going out with friends to see a band, leaving early + sober.
b) I also realized I am okay with that.
c) My a-hole cat threw up a lot.
d) I caught THE-EFFING-FLU
And most importantly...
e) Even after gaining an agent who believes in me, I actually received two random query rejections.
You would think it wouldn't sting, that I'd get over it and move on. But I'm telling you rejection will always hurt a little, at least for me. Even if you have thick skin and stuff magically rolls off, you can't tell me it won't bother you to see a big, fat NO STINKING WAY. YOU SUCK. BUT GOOD LUCK PLACING YOUR WORK ELSEWHERE.
It always hurts, because rejection is someone telling you you're not good enough, in one way or another. But you swallow that lump in your throat, brush it off, and send another query. Because that's what writers do.
Now, I want to make this point crystal clear in case you haven't been beaten over the head with it before: IT ONLY TAKES ONE.
It doesn't matter if 199 people hate what you've written. Number 200 could be your ONE.
Have you been the recipient of a recent rejection? Don't worry, you'll ALWAYS be accepted here.