Let’s talk about those immediate rejections almost all writers face at some point in their career.
Do they not sting you to your core?
In my day job I sit on the other-side of the rejection table. I’m the one giving them. And I can tell you that when I call someone and inform them right away that they are not eligible, it shocks them. If I wait a few days it seems less….shocking.
Rejections are hard enough, but it’s the quick ones that really twist the knife. How can someone make such a snap judgment so quickly?! Did they even have time to read the query in its entirety? Was there a glaring typo? Were the guidelines not followed completely?
Alas, we will never know. So how do you move past? Well, I personally don’t want an agent or publisher who is not loving my work, and with such a quick response their answer is clear. You want the person representing you to be one hundred percent in your corner.
So yes, quick rejections stink and they make you question everything you have ever done in your writing career. But, they also quickly remind you who is not a good match. Now have some wine and feel better soon! (Unless you are reading this in the morning, then coffee)