Friday: Querying, again

I took a four month break from querying agents while I worked on a new draft of my novel, and just started the process again this month. Last time, my approach was more aggressive–a query blitz of any and all literary agencies, in New York and beyond. This time I’m sending out just a few at a time, so that I never have more than four pending. The number four reminds me of the equation 2+2=4, which reminds me of how during grade school, I didn’t have a concept of failing–how neat handwriting and completed workbook pages were all that was required to feel a sense of¬†achievement.

I did a good job of staying calm and distracted for a few weeks, until I got my first rejection on this new draft. I scrambled online for a few hours, trying to find the next agent that sounded like a good fit. I did, I queried, and then–rejection #2, in less than 24 hours. I’d like to say that my new found sense of self and well-being kept me functional, but it didn’t really. Instead I spent one whole eight hour period recording myself reading my first chapter over and over again, while simultaneously refreshing my inbox.

This made me realize that I need a plan for managing rejection. It’s not going to be easy at this particular point in time, because I’m also looking for a job. As a Veterinary Receptionist! More rejection. I think I even failed my interview for a volunteer position this week.


~ by Clickity Clack on September 23, 2011.

One Response to “Friday: Querying, again”

  1. Sending Bittersweet chocolate to you as I type…

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