The pitching process hurts. I’ve written two novels — one needs a bit more polishing before it’s ready for pitching to agents and publishers.

A few days ago, I got excited and pitched the second novel to my favourite agent. She’d done a Reedsy webinar in February, and I really liked her. A day later I got a form-letter rejection.

Another author said it’s a blessing to get a fast response. I felt about as blessed as a bug on a windshield.

It took me a few days to recover, which probably sounds ridiculous. I posted on an authors’ forum asking for tips on handling the rejection, and one author responded saying that it’s a rite of passage — the path to publishing is littered with rejection letters.

That helped.

I’ve started on the path. Let’s see how long I have to walk it before I get where I want to be.