Don't feel bad if you're rejected. Sometimes literary agents, and publishing houses make a mistake. Take J.K. Rowling for an example. She was rejected 8 times for her first Harry Potter book!
There isn't a doubt in my mind that the people that rejected this book were fired.
Also take Amanda Hocking as an example.
She is the author of one of my favorite trilogies. The Trylle trilogy
She is an amazing author! I love her books so much :) Anyway, she's self-published, or she was. She got a deal with St. Martin's Griffin and now has help with a lot of things as far as advertising and such.
She was rejected a lot by publishing houses and agents and one day she read an article about self-publishing and decided that that was what she was going to do; self-publish. She self-published her books on Lulu.com and after about 2 months things started to kick off. She's sold millions of books!
If you want to know how she did it I'm subscribed to her blog, so if you go to my profile you can get to her blog there, but I'm going to post a link that will take you right to the story that tells you about how her books became so popular.
How Amanda Hocking Did It
It's a long article, but you can skip a good bit of it if you want to just read over the major I want to know stuff.
And now I'm going to put another link that will take you to YouTube. It's a video of an interview with Amanda Hocking.
Meet Amanda Hocking, eBook Millionaire
Amanda Hocking is a really talented writer, I hope to be as famous as she is (and I'm sure you have the same dream). I can only tell you that it takes time and a lot of patience to get published. And patience is something I don't really have, so I'm going to try out self-publishing as soon as I get the book I've just completed Copyrighted.
So the point of this post was to help you a little and tell you that rejection shouldn't be taken personally. I would know from experience. When a literary agent, publishing house, etc. rejects you it hits close to home and leaves you depressed and irritated for the rest of the day. Especially when you get like 5-10 rejections in one day. That was a really bad day.
But all I have to do is go over to my bookshelf and look at Harry Potter or the Trylle trilogy and think of the rejections these great authors got, and then I don't feel so bad.
J.K. Rowling is a billionaire and she was rejected 8 times.
Amanda Hocking is a millionaire and was rejected more times than she could keep up with, so she published her creation herself and got amazing results.