Posted on Dec 7, 2012 at 11PM
You come up with a plot that actually works: Success.
You finish the first chapter: Success.
You write a whole novel: Success.
You construct a query letter and send it to agents: Big success.
You get rejected the first, second, twentieth time in a row: Those are all successes, believe it or not, because their rejections are just leading you to the one agent who will LOVE your work.
An agent requests partials: Huge success.
That agent requests the full manuscript: An even greater success.
That agent calls you and wants to represent you: YOU HAVE AN AGENT NOW. SUCCESS.
Your agent couldn't sell your manuscript to publishers: It might seem like a failure, but look how far you've come. You got an agent to read and love your book. Think how much farther you'll get next time.