I recently decided to suck it up and stick myself out there. I've been hiding behind "revisions," preventing me from starting the submission process. I know I can't revise forever. My baby-my story, must get out there and try to be a real book.
So, I chose a small group of agents, and started to submit.
Less than 24 hours after my first email query, I got the dreaded rejection letter.
I cringed as I opened it, fearing the worst.
What I found, was a polite, friendly, "sorry, but no."
Yes, it was an informal, "form" letter, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be. The agent said no, but keep looking. It's the, "keep looking" part that really struck me. The agent could have stopped at "sorry, but no," and I would have been ok with that.
It was refreshing to read a word of encouragement, (generic or not).
Now that I got my first out of the way, im not so scared of the rest that will be comming soon. I know it takes many "no's," before you get a "yes."