As some of you know, yesterday I sent out my first query letters! I made sure to include one agency which said they responded within one week typically.
And so this morning when I got up, I had my first rejection letter!
You know what? It didn’t make me sad, or upset, or anxious, or any of the things I thought it might make me feel. It didn’t make me question my ability to write, or worry that my query letter sucked (who knows, maybe it does, but I’m not worrying about it just yet), it certainly didn’t make me want to throw in the towel and concede defeat.
If anything, I felt excited.
Yes. You heard me right. Excited.
I’m no longer the girl with 5 novels hiding away on her computer. I’m no longer the girl who isn’t putting herself out there. A rejection means I’m trying, I’m taking a chance and testing the waters and that is GOOD. I’m so excited!
Maybe after the rejections start mounting up I’ll feel a bit bummed out, who knows. I certainly can’t predict how I might feel, as it surprised me not to feel in any way negative about the first one.
For those of you have asked about where I’m sending them: at the moment I am trying my luck with agents initially. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll start looking at publishers and e-publishers etc. I’m querying outside of New Zealand, though I’m yet to have a really thorough look at what my options are within the country. We’ll see how it goes anyways, I’m certainly not holding my breath, but it’s a great learning curve to be on 🙂