Positive “No’s” in Querying Literary Agents

Today I got a “you have an intriguing idea here” and it’s the most positive email I’ve gotten after querying an agent! Though it was still a no and I might’ve had a heart pounding moment, it was enough to make the bleak writers-block world I’ve been living in feel happy and well…positive! It could’ve been just a form email, which is something you tend to get when querying agents, but even if it is, you have to take the no, realize that it’s a “no” but then focus on the other stuff. The stuff encouraging you to keep writing, the stuff telling you that you’re going to get somewhere someday, the stuff telling you that you’ll find an agent eventually. It’s kind of like when I complain about not having a boyfriend/fiancé/husband and my mom answers, “You’ll find him someday. He’s out there waiting for and looking for you, just like you’re waiting and looking for him.” So yeah, I’m looking and waiting for an literary agent. Of course, my answer to my mom is always, “Well he needs to look harder,” or, “He’s taking too long to get here.” But you know, sometimes you’ve just got to keep […]