Rejection – a good thing?

So I’ve finished my book, and now comes the hard part – finding a literary agent. This in itself is a like having another full-time job. Each agency, and agent, has their own requirements of what they want to see. And you better make sure you follow their requests exactly, or they won’t even look at your email – into the deleted box it will go. Usually you are limited to one page to talk about your book and yourself. Imagine, trying to sell yourself in one page! These agents are bombarded by aspiring writers all day long, so you better grab their attention right from the first sentence.
On my first attempt, I contacted (or queried as it’s called) thirteen agents. I heard back from five– all “thanks, but no thanks.” But a friend of mine, who is an inspiring writer herself, told me that this percentage was fantastic. What? But I repeated that they were all rejections. However, unbeknownst to me, even getting a response is something to be excited about. For if your query really stinks, they won’t even take the time to read it in order to reject you. This is a first, and something hard for me to wrap my head around. Rejection can be good. Hmm, I will have to mull that one over a little longer…

Happy New Year!

It’s time to reflect on the past and look towards the future. Don’t focus on the mistakes and disappointments of the past year, but instead vow not to repeat them. If someone has hurt or disappointed you, forgive them and move on. Help others, and in doing so you will help yourself. There is no better feeling than hearing, “Thank you. You’ve made a difference in my life.”
Focus on being healthy; a sound mind and body will take you far. Spend time outside; nature will bring you peace. Put down the phone, iPod, tablet, etc. and really listen and interact with the people and the world around you. Don’t let this time pass you by; you will never get it back.
Be kind to yourself. Be grateful for what you have right now, and if you want more, set goals and work towards them. Most of all, be thankful that you’re here to enjoy another year. Make it a great one!