You can’t query without being rejected. There is no way around this universal truth.
I was at LDStorymakers in 2011 and author Elana Johnson (I would stake my life on the fact it was her, but someone tell me if I'm wrong :) got an award for the most rejections that year—86 (give or take).
I hadn’t started querying yet so I had no way to know if this was normal or not, but I was so impressed with her determination. I thought she must have great confidence in her story. And she was right to. If you’ve read Possession you will know what I mean.
I’ve had 26 rejections so far this year. Lots were form rejections, some rejections of partials or full requests, and some were “I liked your writing. I liked your story, but I can’t represent it now.” I think the last are the hardest and in some ways the nicest to take.
So I want to know…What is your rejection number? Any that have broken your heart? How do you keep going?