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Dust yourself off and try again

Well, the agent who had my full manuscript rejected it. Despite being used to rejections this one did sting because I had allowed myself to hope. So I’ll admit I had a wobble when that came through and started questionning whether I’ll ever get good news when it comes to my writing.

But I realise I need to move on from this. I’m still waiting to hear from a few agents for this story, I have started my next book and I’m going to revise another one I wrote a while ago so I am determind to stay positive and focused on my goals.

It won’t be easy but I am going to dust myself off from this and yes keep trying!




40 thoughts on “Dust yourself off and try again”

  1. Congrats on having your entire manuscript read by an agent. Just keep reviewing your work and get new perspectives from people who haven’t read it yet in case there’s advice from a fresh set of eyes that could make it even better.

    Don’t give up. Some NYT bestselling authors are rejected around 100 times before they make it big so don’t let your dream get away. Persistence!

  2. go on you! You’re so brave! I don’t think I could ever go through with that, as I’ve experienced so many knockbacks in life. Hence why I’m strongly thinking about self-publishing on the kindle/ibooks 🙂


  3. Stupid agent! Go Vicky! Great attitude. Seriously, Novel Girl has already pointed out that some famous authors have been rejected 100s of times before their first acceptance. In this age, where the big publishing houses are only going to publish the big names, it may take longer for that magical moment of the right person reading the perfect book. But I want to point out something amazing. You have written TWO BOOKS and are starting your THIRD. There are so many people out there who say “I want to be a writer” who never, ever, even get a short story written. I’m beginning to think I am all talk and no action myself. But, you have written books, and sent them out. You are a writer. You are doing it. Keep writing and eventually you will achieve all your dreams. I know it.

    1. Thanks Lisa, seriously your encouragement and support means so much to me! And don’t forget you’ve also written a great book (I’m half way through by the way) so don’t put yourself down either!

  4. Always remember that rejection was just one person’s opinion. I heard that The Help recieved about 160 rejections before it was accepted. It’s all a matter of it getting to the right person. Dust yourself off and try again…

  5. That’s what you gotta do! At least you are trying and sending them in. Most people don’t even get that far. 🙂 And I can’t even imagine writing novels. That’s impressive to me.

  6. Have you tried contacting any other published authors to see how frequently they were rejected before becoming published? Pehaps they can commisserate, give you tips or simply encourage you. Some of these authors have websites/blogs and maybe you can send them a message there.

    Reach for the top, try contacting one of your favorite authors and move on down the list to someone who may only have a book or two. That’s what I would do. 🙂

    Good luck!


  7. I’m sorry to hear that was the result this time, but I look forward to brighter news in the near future! ♥

  8. Another rejection is disappointing for you, but you already have the right attitude – keep trying, then try again; never give up and you WILL succeed – because you are one determined lady.
    You will do it, I know you will!

  9. Oh I’m really sorry about that Vix. Not getting what you hoped for really does sting, and waiting for what you want is always a challenge. I think there are many of us worried about what to do next and how we can live our dreams. I guess the only thing we can do is keep trying and in a way think of the dream itself as a part of the dream. You know the journey to discovering what we really need/want. Well that’s the way I am thinking of it. If you were here with me I would have given you one of the butterscotch and white chocolate chip chocolate cookies I just made. When in doubt a cookie always tends to give you a little bit of happy.

  10. I’m sorry this one didn’t work out, but with your attitude, I have a feeling it’s just a matter of time. Good luck on your other projects – it’s great to keep busy so you have more manuscripts to submit.

  11. Sorry for the R, and good for you for working on other stuff and just continuing on. Really, what else can we do? I’ve been there, so I get it. Good luck!

  12. Everyone hears a lot of “no” before getting to a “yes.” Every “no” gets you closer to the “yes” you’ll get eventually. Think of each “no” as a step on the path to “yes.” Good for you for staying positive.

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