Image via WikipediaNo one likes to be rejected. It's not a good feeling to be told your work is not as good as you thought it was. As I go through query letters and manuscripts, I remind myself that a human being who took great courage to draft their query letter, write their manuscript and send it into me will be reading it.
Now, there are a TON of resources on the Net on how to write your query letter, research your agent/editor/publisher and how to submit your work to them but very little on how to cope with a "this is going to be a pass for me" comment from any of those individuals. Short of a Rejection Support Group at your local bar with heavy doses of liquid courage to continue on the journey of manuscript submissions, there just doesn't seem to be much out there to help authors cope with the high probability that your work will be rejected.
So what do you do? What CAN you do to get back on the proverbial horse? Remember that the opinion of one in the publishing industry is not the opinion of ALL. What may not work for me could be just the thing another agent has been dying to read and sell! I make sure to include this in my rejection letters to authors because it's very true. I've acquired and sold manuscripts others rejected and have rejected ones others have taken. That's the beauty of the publishing industry. It's completely subjective.
Keep sending out that work and don't let one or a few "nos" keep you from achieving your goal of being a published author!