Dealing with Rejection

Let's just admit it: It hurts to be rejected.

Advice on handling rejection, typically takes the form of "Don't take it personally." It may be true an agent has valid, non-personal reasons for the rejection, but since we don't know what those reasons are specific to our submission, of course we're going to take the rejection personally. Writing is personal. Especially if it's done right with a vein opened on the page. Even though we follow agents on Twitter, Facebook and blogs, and we've heard the many reasons for rejection ("Not right for me", "Not taking on new projects", "I'm changing agencies", "The writing sucks", etc),  we still hope the next agent will be the one. That is our job as writers: Send out our work, hope someone will like it. So when it turns out the next agent says she's not the one, it hurts. Over time, rejection gets downright depressing.
So how does one handle rejection? I've compiled a handy list of methods, please choose your own:
1) Go eat some chocolate, send out another query, and write something new.
2) Go drink a glass of wine, send out another query, and write something new.
3) Go for a jog, send out another query, and write something new.
4) Have dinner out with friends, send out another query, and write something new.
5) Watch a sob story on TV, send out another query, and write something new.
6) Devour a bag of potato chips, send out another query, and write something new.
7) Phone a friend, bitch for a while, send out another query, and write something new.
8) Beat up a punching bag, send out another query, and write something new.
9) Dig a hole, plant a tree, send out another query, and write something new.
10) [insert an activity that makes you happy here], send out another query, and write something new.
I used to do number 6, now I tend to do number 1, and I'm working on doing number 3 instead.
You might feel there is only a certain number of books published every year, and at this rate of rejection, you'll never be published.
You must not think this way. It's not about numbers. It's never about numbers. It's not about time or space, either. And it's not about being liked or not liked or making friends.  It's only about writing something great and sending it out. Yes, rejection hurts, like a horsefly bite hurts, but we don't let a horsefly bite stop us from doing what we love, from doing our job. We just get out there and do it.
Make this your theme song:
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