There are 3 types of natural reactions when a rejection letter is handed over to you : angry, sad and desperate.
However strong you are, whatever the good words of encouragement, irrespective who stand by you, you are going to have a shattered heart and a battered ego.
Of course you will and rightly so, should get angry and curse one and all. Don’t leave anyone out and be generous in the cursing.
All that dirty abusive part of languages that you were not supposed to learn and repeat, will come handy here. Let the words flow in English, French….. and if you know in Russian too.
You are standing in your home and by now you have cursed the agent as if he/ she/ it is a rabid dog that bit you for no good reason. Damn it!
You feel betrayed by the entire universe? No problem. Any rejection from anywhere feels the same. Since you are not alone and can feel for your rejected brothers and sisters, you as a good Samaritan out to help the world, will want to do something more about it. Good.
Millions of us are getting rejected every single day let it be artists, professionals, the poor, naked and hungry, the housewives…even house flies get smacked! God isn’t that Insulting? Well, mankind was meant to insult one another in the most amazing ways!
So, now? What to do?
Kick your good manners. Spit on the moral police. Take charge.
Write a reply. And if you cannot be reasonable so be it. Did the agent understand your reasons to write a manuscript? No. Or your reasons to send it to him/ her. No. Did the agent understand your reasons to want to get it published? NO.
Then why should you.
The agent has rejected your query/ manuscript. Now it is your turn. You reject his/ her rejection letter.
Write an angry reply telling his/ her how you are feeling, in detail. Immediately, because if you wait too long the anger will go away. And the more angry the better the letter will flow. At least it will be true if not better. And once the letter is drafted don't try to polish it or anything. Just send it immediately. Don't waste time. Remember this: Usually anger doesn’t stay for more than an hour or so, so you have to do what you have to do quick.
Have you sent the angry letter? Good. don't feel embarrassed or guilty. Did the agent feel embarrassed or guilty? No. Then why should you.
Still feeling stupid? Now-now you cannot do anything once the mail has been sent so just forget it. Just go to your bar and empty a bottle of Rum into yourself. It's still day? start sipping it will soon be dusk and then you can invite your friends and all of you can have a blast.