Last Friday, I woke up late (still feeling ill), wandered around my house like a zombie, ate breakfast like someone not sure the food would stay down, and then found two rejection letters for two different manuscripts in my inbox.
I read them over, and then over again.
I wasn't surprised by the rejections.
I was surprised I had received any response from these two agents.
Both of these particular literary agents had stated explicitly on their websites:
"If you haven't heard back in 90 days, please consider your manuscript rejected."
From both agents, I had received no response for over 120 days.
So, I considered my manuscripts rejected.
However, they both e-mailed me.
This felt like a win!
Rejections as a win?
Yep. If they took the time to actually read my work and send me a personalized rejection letter, it's a win.
In fact, I see personalized rejection letters as a step forward.
They weren't form letters.
They show the agents actually read my work.
They responded when they had stated on their websites they might not.
They gave me specific feedback.
One sent me three links to databases of other literary agents so I could find the right agent for me.
Win, win, win. Step by step by step.
I am still writing.
I am still submitting my work.
Every day offers new possibilities.