Monday, September 26, 2011
Dance Mix for Rejection
Today I heard back from the agent who was at the top of my query list. (You know, your first choice. The one that you really hope will say 'yes' to your manuscript, that you hope will offer to represent you.) After corresponding with her for over a year, after sending her my manuscript, after hoping and praying and crossing my fingers, I got a rejection. She said my work was solid, but it wasn't what she'd hoped. She said she wasn't the right agent for me. Then she referred me to another agent, and told me I could use her name when I query. So, while the rejection hurt and made me a little angry, it led to something equally good. New hope.
Whether you've had only a handful of rejections or a hundred, you know how it feels to read those words "no, thank you". You doubt yourself, you question if you really showed your best work, you think "What could I have done better?" Then, eventually, you just accept it and move on. For me it helps to have music - dance music. So, here's the playlist I listened to after I got that email today.
Release Me - Agnes
Bulletproof - La Roux
Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer) - Freemasons with Sophie Bextor
If I Can't Dance - Sophie Bextor
Rain (show opening remix) - Mika
Written in the Stars - Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner
Could You Believe - ATB (radio edit)
Brand New Day - Andy Caldwell (12" mix)
Love Today - Mika
Kick A** (We Are Young) - Mika
Remember, don't give up, even if your first choice says no. There are plenty of other agents out there.