Whenever you read about someone getting a contract for their first or second book, they don't tell you how long they've been trying.
I read a bio the other day about an author. She began writing when she was nine or ten. Got serious about writing and jotted down notes about a novel. She began the endeavor in 1990. Recently divorced and living on our version of welfare for almost a year, she and her daughter visited a nearby cafe to keep warm. She wrote most of her first novel there in that little cafe. After many rejections, her first book was finally picked up and published. Seven years after she began.
What does she have that separates her from some of us? Persistence.
I'm sure if any of us could speak to her and ask her if she ever thought about giving up she would probably admit that she did become depressed and at times very discouraged.
It's a good thing J.K. Rowling didn't give up. Success was just around the corner for her. Just mention Harry Potter to anyone and see their reaction.
When I pull another rejection from the mail box I remind myself to just hang it on the nail with the rest of them, and get back to work.
How do you bounce back from rejection? Let me know. I'd love to hear your secret.