Rejection is Encouragement: Agent Hunting Improved My Writing

Rejection letters piling up? Sick of putting yourself out there only to get knocked back? THERE IS HOPE! Listen up, querying writers: rejection during your quest for representation and publication is not the end of the world - in fact, it can be good for you and your writing! My own hunt for an agent ended without success. BUT my writing improved! To illustrate this, I contacted various literary agents who rejected my book and asked to share their comments with you. In April 2013, I participated in #carinapitch and ultimately landed myself a book deal with Carina Press. While I was waiting to hear back, I decided that I was in need of an agent. I had a newly-polished manuscript in hand and I was determined! I eagerly collated a list of agents and sent my partial out into the world. To say my first query letters were a disaster is an understatement. They were dire. I'm not even going to go there. Suffice...
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