Got My First Rejection…
I got my first rejection letter/email from a literary agent and believe it or not I am happy about it. I submitted a query letter to a literary agent regarding my children’s picture book The Imaginative Joe Dreamer, and I anticipated that it would have been rejected, but I sent it anyway, just to gain the personal satisfaction of knowing that I submitted my work to a literary agent.
I know the work I have written is exciting, it is high-concept and it is humorous! I have also been reading much of the material the Writers Digest has provided me with, and I’ve been doing constant research. I wrote a carefully thought out query letter, but as is expected, the literary agency rejected it. I read that majority of works submitted to literary agents are rejected. So this was no surprise to me. No need for any heartbreak. I also do know, based on what I’ve researched, that half of submissions made without an agent directly to publishers, are accepted. And therein lies my plan.
You see I only submitted the query letter to the literary agent as a way to test the waters, but my real intention is to submit my children’s picture book manuscript directly to publishers. I feel confident that it will get accepted by at least one. So once I get comfortable enough with the finished product, and feel that I’ve done a thorough enough research of the market, then I’ll make my move. The Imaginative Joe Dreamer will definitely delight the hearts and minds of little kids.