Welp, that was quick. Sent my first query letter around 2 a.m. on Monday and received a swift "no" 16 hours later. To be fair, the agent sent an nice rejection letter, and I thank her for that. But, it's on to the next. I understand that I do have challenges. I understand that I don't have much of a platform. But, it's okay. This will not discourage me from building each and every day, being strategic, and continuing to move forward.
In other words, I'm going to take my licking and keep on ticking.
With that said, I must extract the lesson buried in all of this. Here are some things to take with you on dealing with rejection:
Don't be discouraged. You don't realize it, but there is a blessing hidden in your rejection. There are some things you can't see that God can, and if you trust that there is good that lurks around the corner, then stay encouraged and keep moving forward.
Don't stop working. Take the constructive criticism, find ways to build and improve, and keep moving forward. If you continue to move into a positive direction, you will have no choice but to hit your goals.
Don't waste time thinking negative thoughts. That won't change anything. Understand that your potential will take you far if you don't allow negativity to overpower you.
Speak positively. Don't say negative things about others or even yourself for that matter. Remember, you must sow good seed into the universe. You get back what you put out.
Don't be so hard on yourself. Continue to celebrate your small successes and keep moving forward.