I know that I am not alone in the #query trenches. I know that I am not the only one who is piling up #rejections and turning the other cheek to ask for more. But here's the thing... Strap in, this is going to be a longer post...
After a while, you start to see beyond the form rejections and words of praise that didn't request for more after all. After a while, you start to see and learn from those rejections. The good-old: "Something is wrong, but I don't know what."
Over a time span of about 7 months, I have doubted my qualities as a writer (sometimes, I still do), I have rewritten my query letter at least 100 times, and I revised my story over and over again. But I'll be honest with you, I think it took me 7 months to get all the way down
to the core of my story. Only now, do I feel like I have a grasp of what I need to talk about in my query letter. Only now, can I put to words what my story comes down to. And yes, only now am I beginning to understand that those rejected queries were rejected for a reason:
these #literaryagents, these experts in the #publishing market KNEW I wasn't ready for this yet by reading my letter and those first couple of pages. And I #respect them for it. For knowing something I hadn't even figured out myself yet. I still had a lesson (or 2) to learn.
In fact, I still might have plenty to learn. Because working with the knowledge I have now, still isn't a guarantee that my work will be offered representation. And I know this might sound cliché, but becoming a published author is a journey.
A journey that requires you to listen beyond the words that say "no". To look beyond your polished manuscript and see what you have refused to see before. You can do it. Don't ever give up.

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