One of my writer buds, Jessica Love, blogged about a lousy, rejection-filled week in which she lost a slot in an MFA program and gained a pink slip instead. Ouch, right? But her karmic faith that everything happens for a reason kept her moving forward.
A few days ago, I chatted with a lovely RWA friend about the effects of rejection on her morale during the query process, and though her eyes misted over once or twice, she lifted her chin and expressed faith that God would guide her in the right direction.
Two very different kinds of faith, each resulting in an admirably positive attitude. Now, I’m still very new to agent hunting, so my spirit hasn’t been throat-punched yet. But I know it’s just a matter of time, and I’d love to hear your tips on avoiding dejection. My only idea so far involves a query rejection drinking game, which probably isn’t too wise.
If you leave a comment, please tell me three things:
1.      How long have you been actively pursuing publication? (Querying, subbing, etc.)
2.      On a scale of 1-10, (1 = annoyingly chipper and 10 = steam-rolled into the pavement), how optimistic do you feel right now?
3.      Do you have any coping strategies to share that don’t involve alcohol consumption?

EDIT: Sorry, I didn’t realize anonymous comments were blocked. They’re not anymore, so go ahead and say what’s on your mind.