As I may have mentioned previously, I'm currently on submission through my agent with my latest manuscript. Many writers - myself included - look forward to the day when rejections are no longer a fact of life, and it's not hard to think that once you have a good agent, your days of hearing "I just didn't love this" are over.
This is sadly untrue. Yesterday my agent and I received the first rejection for this submission.
I'd been expecting it, but rejection still hurts. One of the writer's greatest challenges is to realize and accept that not everyone is going to like everything you write - and that goes for editors, readers, peers and reviewers. There will always be someone there to say no. It's inevitable.
Rejection never gets easier to take . . . but the time it takes to get over it does become shorter, the longer you stay in the game. It only took me a few hours to stop stinging and feeling resentful, and jump back into my latest WIP - a sequel to the novel that was rejected. After all, there are tons of other editors out there.
It helps, too, that I have Bernard's Letter to lift my spirits. Go ahead, click the link. You'll feel better too. :-)
In closing, I have just one thing to say: