I said this would be the summer of the query. Here we are a few weeks later with the first update.
In addition to the agent I pitched at DFWCON, I queried a handful of others. I got my first two rejections over the weekend. That was a little painful.
Hey, the first always hurts, right? Or the first two?
It did sting a bit, yeah. I like my book. I worked hard on it. Really hard. I think it’s good, too.
I also know it’s controversial, and thus not for everyone.
I write about social issues. That’s what I do.
Sometimes they are popular, sometimes not. I respect and accept that others may not like the issues I write about, or share my opinions, but it doesn’t stop me from writing them. Free world and all.
I don’t know whether the issues I choose to write about have mainstream appeal. I am still feeling my way with that.
I got a couple of rejections over the weekend. I also got a request for a partial (50 pages). Then I got a request for 5 pages. Not much, but not a ‘no thanks, go way’ either.
I’ll take it.
I sent a couple more queries today to balance the two rejections. That’s the plan going forward.
In the meantime, I have an idea for my next book. More social issues ( I said that’s what I do, right?), but maybe not as a controversial as Sixth South. Hopefully it will come together well.
The message from DFWCON was keep writing, all the time. Keep moving forward. I can’t worry about a few rejections. I need to put it behind me and move on.
That’s what I am trying to do.
Rejections are just part of the game, and for every one that rejects me, there may be another agent wowed by my material. I won’t know unless I try, though.