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Rejection; or How I Officially Joined the Writer’s Club

Today, it happened.

I received my very first rejection on my manuscript. And you know what? I’m totally cool with it.

Before I sent my first query, I was petrified of what rejection would be like. Even though it’s not about you, personally, it is totally about you because you just sent something deeply personal to a stranger for review, and they rejected it.

I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t just a shade sad. Even though I 100% expected it, finally reading those words did leave a little ache.

If I’m honest, I wasn’t at all prepared for this query. I didn’t even know HOW to write a query, let alone what formatting I should use, how long my synopsis should be, or what exactly I was doing. I did it anyway.

Though I won’t be sending out any more queries until I’ve excavated myself from Revisionland, having the first one under my belt makes me feel better about the process. I’ve queried. I’ve been rejected. I lived.

Now I’m going to listen to the Gatsby soundtrack, work on making business cards, and sweating it out over whether or not I’ll get an internship I’ve applied for.

Oh, I guess I can do this now:

Queries sent: 1Rejections: 1



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Query Trenches: I Got a Request?!


So, PitchMadness went well, but not in the way I hoped. I didn’t make it past the slush round, but honestly, I didn’t think I would. Once I (finally) noticed that 90% of the other writers were YA and the agents all wanted YA, I figured I wasn’t going to make it. What I DID accomplish was what I really wanted: getting The Killing Type, and myself, out there. I received so many wonderful comments on my pitch (which you can read here) and gained so many new writer (and agent) friends.

Ok, so I was bit bummed at first, but it didn’t last. The following week I decided to throw my pitches in for PitMad. I had no idea how to keep my pitches fresh and interesting, and I had only a few hours to pitch before work. I saw agents tweeting about checking the hashtag, even one I had my eye on. I tried to keep it interesting.

And then it happened.

One of my pitches was favorited.

I almost died of excitement. She wanted my query, a synopsis and my first six chapters. She was interested. I had hooked someone!

And then I realized that I didn’t have a query. Or a synopsis. And then I panicked.

So my Easter weekend was spent trying to figure out how to write one. For once, the internet wasn’t all that helpful on telling me what to do. I got advice from Cat. I wrote out what I needed. The synopsis nearly killed me because I had to cram 373 pages of BOOK and PLOT into ONE PAGE.

Alternately, the editing wasn’t the hard part, though I did note some things that seriously need changing. And I changed them. I set up the email. I looked over everything a hundred times.

Hitting send was probably the scariest thing ever. But I did it. And now I wait. And while I wait, I’ll continue editing, researching other agents, and working on…

The second book. It’s going to be a good one.

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