One of the hardest parts about being a writer is getting those rejection emails that say something to the effect of, "Thanks for your query but your project is not what we are looking for." Sometimes, well most of the time actually, you get nothing back meaning, "No thanks and I don't have time to let you know that you have once again been rejected."
I once had a literary agent email me back with yet another rejection but he had the decency to actually give me some tips on my book. To get any sort of feedback is absolutely unheard of I have discovered so this was a very rare occurrence and you better believe I took his advice. I wish I could remember who he was as I dumbly misplaced his information and could have sent him some of the other books that I have since written.
I was on a vacation getaway with the Professor this past weekend, and I got another rejection email-don't ask me why I checked my email while on vacation. I told him about it and he immediately walked over to give me a hug telling me how sorry he was. I've been rejected so many times I have lost count but each time I mention it to him, he always takes the time to give me a hug. He's just sweet like that.
Now, a writer's only saving grace is in the world of self-publishing, which I have done with all of my books. However, there are millions of people doing this so trying to get your book to be on the top of the downloaded or purchased list is incredibly hard.
Each month, however, I end up with a royalty payment. Now, it may only be fifty cents but by golly, someone wanted one of my books and read a few pages of it so yay!! The most I ever made in a month was $100. That was shocking to me but man was I proud.
I am one of those lucky and blessed people that have accomplished almost everything I have set out to do in my life so this rejection stuff is a bit new for me but so commonplace in the world of books. I'm not sure how many times JK Rowling was rejected or Steven King but I know they had some rejection, which just floors me. Now, I'm no JK Rowling or Steven King, they are masters of their craft but I push on writing, learning, reading, and writing some more. Even though I am rejected, I will never stop writing, it's a part of me that I just can't stop and I don't ever want to. Call me crazy! :)