“A hard fall means a high bounce…if you’re made of the right material.” –Unknown
Every single phenomenal story seems to take the same route: guy has a dream, guy fights and sacrifices and loses everything for his dream, but at the last possible moment, his dream comes true and everything is restored.
This week I endured another round of rejection. Everyone who read my query, synopsis, and sample chapters said the same thing: we love your writing, but we hate your concept.
Concept is the core story. Changing it is the equivalent of starting over and writing a completely different book.
Or is it?
When I asked the last literary agent what she meant by her comment, she suggested I just keep dating to see if I can find the right match without changing my hair color, losing 20 pounds, and getting Lasik surgery. In other words, she didn’t want me to gut my story and start over.
“If 65 agents say the same thing, then you should probably rethink your concept,” she said. “Anything less, I would keep looking.”
I’m only down to a dozen rejections. That leaves 53 more to go before I have to sharpen my pencil.
In the meantime, I have to stop fretting and doubting and worrying.
The only way to do that is to continue working.
After all, as the stakes keep getting higher and the sacrifices keep getting bigger, the payoff gets better.
Don’t let the rejections keep you down. Bounce back, higher and higher. Continue to strive toward your goals.