Get out the red ink pad and stamp that manuscript: REJECTED! REJECTED! REJECTED!
(Can you tell I've gone two whole days with NO chocolate of any kind?)
Does one kind of rejection feel differently than another kind?
I know, rejection is rejection. But, frankly, while receiving a rejection based solely off a query letter is disappointing ... it is no big deal compared to receiving a rejection based off a full manuscript request.
And, I promised myself from day one, that if I ever had a full ms rejected, I would pay attention to the feedback of the agent and make appropriate changes. And, I have done this. But, how do I know what to do with a response that says:
"...while I enjoyed what I read, in today's highly competitive marketplace I can only take on projects I am passionate about--and unfortunately, I just didn’t feel the level of engagement here that I would need in order to represent you..."
I know, I *should* think, "YAY! I'm getting so much closer to getting an agent!" But no. Instead I think (and understand this entire rant could possibly be due to lack of freaking chocolate), "I suck. This is taking forever. I'm so frustrated."
But, I will tell you ... the only thing more frustrating than this type of rejection is receiving NO RESPONSE at all. I would chose the disappointment of a rejection any day over no response at all.
So, a big thank you to all of the agents who take the time to actually respond to writers.
I will not quit. I will keep sending query letters. I will find the right agent for me.
I will. I will. I will.
Please send chocolate as soon as possible.