I’ve gotten to the point where query rejections don’t bother me so much. No replies bother me more – those make me feel like I’m invisible. Rejections of requested materials hurt the most and probably always will.

Following on from last week’s blog, where literary agent Mark Gottlieb answered some questions on ‘Why did I get a no?’, I wanted to discuss a situation any writer that is seeking a traditional publishing deal is going to face — rejection. We hear it’s a part of the publishing journey, and we think we’re prepared for it, that our skin is thick enough.

But when that email arrives in your inbox, it still stings every time.

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