Or HOW TO NOT FALL APART WHEN YOU GO A-QUERYING
Fortunately or Unfortunately, I am a query trench veteran. To the point where I see someone pontificating about how it’s their second or third time querying and getting all bent out of shape and I laugh. (But I sympathize inside.)
In any case, back a while ago when I sent out my first ever query letter in 2007, I got rejected and didn’t send out another one for almost 10 months. True story. It was just the one! Times have changed. I used to cry over every single rejection. I’ve even been known to throw a complete hissy fit and vow to never send anything out ever again. (That’s it — I’m QUITTING! For real this time…) But now, as a veteran, I am going to twirl out of some tips on how to not lose your mojo when the Query God comes and tramps on your sweet little round face.
Be pessimistic from the start. Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, I know. But think about it. If you stop expecting each story to be “the one” then you will already be making plans for the next time when you’re sending THIS round out. Truth. There is no reason to fall apart when you’re expecting to have to do it all over again anyway. Pessimists are not negative — they just see room for improvement.
The stages of grief, my friend.
Denial: Tell yourself that they probably didn’t even read it because they were in a bad mood that day.
Anger: Be certain that they did read it and that the universe is against you because WHY DOES EVERYONE HATE YOU?
Bargaining: Sell your firstborn to the universe in exchange for a book deal and then secretly vow to never have children.
Depression: Vow never to write again and look online for jobs that have nothing to do with anything you’re passionate about while you eat your way through a box of Frosted Flakes.
Acceptance: Give up and accept the fact that for whatever reason, most of the agents did read your letter and sample pages and opted to pass on you anyway while simultaneously not finding you good enough to offer an explanation because that is only for super special people, and YOU are not special, so you might as well move on with your new projects.
Throw yourself into said new projects and become convinced that one of them is “the one.” They will give you energy and revitalize your sad, deflated writing soul into something plump and shiny again.
Repeat from Number One.
^_^ Yep, follow these steps, and I can personally guarantee you will make through the toughest winters of rejection and back to happy, hopeful Springtime-Land again.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY A BONAFIDE QUERY TRENCH SURVIVOR. 🙂