Give me Representation or give me Nothing!

If finding representation means having to change who and what I am, or prostituting my writing style just to satisfy the whims of some bored Literary Agent then forget it, I will go my own way. Chasing the next big thing based on the opinions and criteria of a group of self-serving individuals who have a piss-poor record of accomplishment for prognosticating success in their own field of expertise is an exercise in dumbassery.

 

“Literary Agents Seeking Fresh Voices”, “The newest best seller is waiting to be discovered.”, “The New York Times”, “By Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor and Carrie Wittmer”, “20 April 2019”.

Dealing with Writer’s Rejection

Rejection, rejection, rejection, you would think that I would have a solid grasp on managing it by now but like everything else I will have to develop that particular skill a bit more.

I have failed more than most at life’s little game of success and failure; however, regardless of how many times I am rejected, I never get used to it, and it is always painfully soul crushing. Writing is the only activity that I have not given up on, Career, and Relationships of course are now beyond my ability in which to participate but writing, although I came to it late, is still a possibility.

 

My current rejection rate stands between 31% with approx. 30 more queries to submit and 47% over a three-year period. At some point, I will have to switch to self-publishing but I not ready for that yet.

 

The Environmental Wars
8/1/2018 Sent To be Sent
Number of queries 73 73 0
Rejections 28
Percentage 38.36%
Outstanding 45 61.64%
Antebellum
1/1/2019
Number of queries 83 83 0
Rejections 39
Percentage 46.99%
Outstanding 44 53.01%
The Voyages
9/1/2019 Sent To be Sent
Number of queries 85 116 31
Rejections 26
Percentage 30.59%
Outstanding 59 69.41%
Average Rejection Rate 38.64%
Average Response Rate 61.36%

 

 

“The Bulletproof Writer: How To Deal With Rejection”, “The Creative Penn”, “By Joanna Penn”, “30 March 2017”. < https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/03/30/bulletproof-writer/ >