And my second.
The first was from the agent I pitched to at the M&M Conference in October. She said,
"Unfortunately I was not as caught up in the story and characters as I had hoped."
The second was from the agent I pitched to at the GRW meeting in November. She said,
"Although your idea is heartwarming and intriguing, I'm afraid I just couldn't quite connect with Tessa."
She might as well have stabbed me in the heart.
Both suggested that another agent might feel totally different about my story; one said "it could be perfect for someone else" and the other wished me "tremendous luck in finding the ideal advocate" for my work.
But I wanted HER to be the advocate for my work.
I shed a few tears, I shared the news with my kids, then I announced my failure on Facebook. To my delight, I received an outpouring of support and encouragement from my friends there, many of whom are also writers. As a result of their responses, I decided to celebrate my rejections. I went out to dinner with a friend, drank a couple of glasses of wine, and came home and ate a very large brownie for dessert. Then I went to bed early and slept the clock around.
I woke up ready to revise, to make my story and characters more interesting, to make Tessa more accessible. Unfortunately, I am so busy with last-minute holiday preparations that I wasn't able to touch my manuscript today. But I will get back to work next week. And I intend to have my novel finished and polished and ready to send out to anyone and everyone by the end of January.
Because 2011 is going to be MY YEAR.
My critique partners and I have vowed: 2011 is the year we are going to GET PUBLISHED.
You heard it here first!