Alright, so I finally did it... I started sending my book out to agents again!
Believe me, I was insanely excited to receive my first "no" after sending out my first back of inquiries. You're not a writer if you haven't received a "no" at some point in your career, so I felt like it was a big milestone for me. And I know that my book is good, so it's just a matter of finding the right fit as far as an agent goes. But it was still a little bit like falling off of a bike for the first time and needing to get back on; you want to do it, you know you should do it, you're excited to do it, but there's still that little pit at the bottom of your stomach begging you to postpone the hurt. Yes, it was exciting to get my first "no" response, but it still stung just a little bit.
Then tonight, I just couldn't take it anymore. I had to make the battle in my brain stop, and I decided to just go for it. I fixed up the email that I wanted to send out, read through it ten times, and then sent it before I could second guess myself. I knew that I just had to go for it. I may not be able to get another rejection if I don't send out new emails, but I also can't get a positive response either. It was time to start sending letters again.
It's difficult to figure out for which agents you think your material will be a good fit, but you just have to stay positive and know that eventually it will all work out. That's what I keep reminding myself. I have two favorite authors who are extremely successful, Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot. They've both written plenty of books that are adored by millions (probably, I'm just guessing there) of readers. But I'm sure that they didn't find success overnight. I'm sure that they received a "no" before that first "yes" came through. So when I think about what my future could hold, I know that I need to push through the pain and heartache until I find the perfect agent to represent my work. And I took that first step tonight by sending out a new email.
Now I just need to go through my list of agents and figure out who I should write to next!
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