One great thing about the internet is that the feedback for anything you do online is instantaneous. That’s great if you are inquiring whether or not the newest 96-inch Smart TV is in stock at your favorite online retailer, or not. It is also very useful to check your bank balance to see if you can even afford that 96-inch TV. Hint: If you need to check your bank balance, chances are you CAN NOT afford that new TV.
But, it is not great when you are inquiring to a new potential client about your VA services because we all are human and it stings when you get rejected. I’m all about helping people get started in managing your own business. When consulting with my new clients I never sugarcoat the amount of rejection you will receive. It is part of the process. With every “No” you get that means you are one step closer to a “Yes”. So, remain positive.
One thing many people can do while they are now at home is to write that book they have always talked about! You CAN write your own book. It is said that we all have at least one book we want to write. I’ve published 6. My Books
The initial step in getting published is sending a query letter to a publisher about the latest manuscript you have written. It REALLY stings to get a rejection letter even before you are logged off. The automated email response process some companies have does acknowledge your inquiry, but that only means you get a response with a big fat no. The problem is they just don’t say no. They are in the literary field and so they use more flowery language to tell you to get lost. Here are some of the better rejection emails I received while looking for a publisher:
- LOL, are you kidding us, Mr. Brick?
- Don’t quit your day job, unless your day job involves a keyboard, then yeah, we think you should quit!
- Not only are we passing on this project, but we have decided to get out of the publishing business. Thanks for pushing us over the edge!
- Every once in awhile a really great unsolicited manuscript lands on our desk. This is not one of them.
- To say we disliked your material would be a gross understatement of our opinion of it.
- Maybe you should self-publishing. On second thought, that would be a terrible waste of your money.
- Step away from the computer, for reals, dude.
- To quote Simon Cowell, “It was pure rubbish, Mr. Brick.”
- Thanks for the laugh!
- We do have a deal for you. Don’t call us and we Won’t call you. Deal?
Look on the bright side, at least with a quick rejection you know where you stand with those publishers. No more waiting six to eight months like the old days of sending off a query letter and a SASE only to wait an eternity to get kicked in the butt. I know how hard it is to sell your book, movie script, artwork, song. Truth is… there are no sure-fire methods. Talent always rises to the top.
Rejection isn’t easy. But with technology, it is nice you can sit in your pajamas (or not) and send out query letters to get instant feedback. That is a good thing!
I love self-publishing. My years as a Hollywood agent taught me well in helping myself or assisting others. Having self-published all of my books and those of others, I know the way to do it and be successful. Hit me up if you want help doing that.
Or, you may want to do it yourself or through the use of a literary agent. If you are looking for a great website to keep track of what you send out to agents I highly recommend this site: Query Tracker.
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