We learned that even best-selling authors (the ones who make it look so easy) have endured rejection after rejection on the path to eventual success. You may encounter rejection because the agent is having a bad day when your query comes in--his bum knee is acting up, or she just discovered that her husband has been on the prowl, or that the biopsy came back bad.
Perhaps the agency has just taken on a YA paranormal suspense thriller and has no immediate need for yours.
Maybe your book actually is the next "great American novel" but your query letter somehow doesn't make that clear.
Good manuscripts are rejected all the time for reasons that have nothing at all to do with the quality of the work. So...as Bobby Carducci (http://www.communityvoicemedia.com) explained, "No means nothing!" Her advice is to keep trying. Never give up. Continue to query. Have your work critiqued and be willing to make the necessary changes. Continue to learn the craft. At the right time, with the right person, you will find success. She is certain of it.
My question is this:
If your work is rejected over and over again, how can you be certain of that? For example, I have no talent for math.
No matter how hard I study or practice, I will never understand calculus. I've tried. Similarly, some people truly have no talent for writing and probably shouldn't go on and on wasting their time at it, laziness and arrogance aside. How can a writer know if, in truth, her work is just that bad, that it will NEVER succeed...
...because I think we all wonder about that from time to time.
When does "no" mean "never"?
"No means nothing."
I have three MAJOR projects started. I need to decide which one to move ahead on. Hopefully, I will have decided by the time I post again, next week.
ps: Thanks, Bobbi!