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Still here? I wouldn't be surprised if you wandered away as I obviously did. I owe a visit to many of your own blogs.
 

Been a little busy here, for reasons many of you had a hand in. Many, many thanks to Camille, Derek,Gustavo, Marcus, Martin, Matt, Nathan, and Rick O. for all your comments, insights, and critiques over the last couple months of my book, my synopsis, and my query letter. You all rock.
 

At the transition from "I want to be a writer" to "I am a writer", I felt I was taking on a certain obligation. It would no longer be good enough to talk about it. Writers write, and submit, and interact with their peers. Sometimes they even get published. They definitely give back.
 

I've done the above but sometimes feel like I've taken more than I've given. I certainly owe those listed above. If nothing else, I feel I have to at least follow through.
 

This week I sent out my first agent query.

 

I had planned to finish this post in a different fashion. But I have to share this instead. I received my first agent rejection 17 hours and 41 minutes later. And you know, it's true. It hurts less when you rip the band-aid off quickly.
 

Next step: send out another agent query. Because that's what writers do.

 

Comments

"I collect rejections,

"I collect rejections, therefore I am." Congratulations--it's an exciting step!

Thanks Derek! I've been

Thanks Derek! I've been thinking a ceremonial rejection bonfire could be a wonderful thing.

Yeah! Send it out again! And

Yeah! Send it out again!

And heck, agents (okay, well most agents) don't demand the "no simultaneous submissions" things. Develop a list, a keep hitting it.

Go Todd!

It always feels like we get more than we've given. So many people can give to us, but we're only one person to give to so many. It's an unfair advantage the rest of the world has over us.

"So many people can give to

"So many people can give to us, but we're only one person to give to so many. It's an unfair advantage the rest of the world has over us."

Wise words. Thanks, Steve.

Yes, Congrats....I always

Yes, Congrats....I always look at it as one rejection closer to your dreams ;)

[smiles] Thank you. That's

[smiles] Thank you. That's true. One of the rejections will be the last one.