Subject: I hate my life right now
Message: "Okay, so [name of amazing literary agent who just wasn't for me] just rejected my full because of this: "I think your writing style is quite masterful and fluid, but I regret that the pace moved slowly for me and I worried that young readers might not get hooked by the story as quickly or as wholly as they should."
And it's my first full rejection and now all my happy energy is completely gone! Waah!!"
That was the beginning of my querying journey. I had many more fulls rejected after that. I survived.
I am still alive.
And I found my one.
You can too.
It's interesting to me to look back on emails like this and remember that desperation, despair, happiness, and/or elation. At the end of each year, I like to look back and see how far I've come. Sometimes it's farther than I thought. Sometimes, I know I need to do better.
When you look back at the last year, what do you see? Can you see how far you've come?
(And I don't really hate my life right now. I have the next 14 days off work--so it's actually the best day ever.)
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