He sounded like he was in the bottom of a well.
"What's up?" I tried to say in a cheery voice.
"I've finally decided I can't do this any more. I think I need an agent." He blurted out.
He laughed. "Yes. What I want to know is how do you do it?"
"I'm not sure I know what you mean?"
"You always seem to be up beat. Don't you ever get rejections?"
I smiled and looked at the stacks on the corner of my desk.
"Do you mean the rejections from publishers I've queried, or just the agents?"
He said, "you're kidding, right?"
No, darlin, I don't think so. I wish!
Rejection is not the same, in my humble opinion, as rejected. Rejection just says to me, we aren't looking for what you're "selling" right now.
I continued, "don't take it personally. They are not rejecting you the person. And maybe they aren't rejecting what you've written. They just don't have a "fit" for it at the moment.
I remember when I was sixteen. I asked Dad to borrow the car. He said no. Do you think that was the last time I asked? I don't think so.
It's the same thing with an agent, or a publisher. Just keep trying. Do the research, look at their web site. See what, or who they are looking for. And most importantly, never give up.
If you get rejected today, work on your manuscript. Don't dwell on the "rejection". Keep working on your craft. Polish your skills.
What keeps you motivated?