"No" is not a disaster
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Sending a query or manuscript out is hard! If you could sit by the people reading your work and expound on how awesome it is, you know they would rush to the presses.
The fear of the rejection can be paralyzing. Babe Ruth said, "Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back."
I like this quote by him even better: "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."
Ask yourself: What is the worse that can happen?
Answer: Someone will say no.
This doesn't mean your or your writing isn't good enough. "Sorry, we can't publish your story at this time" just opened a whole world of opportunity for you. There are hundreds of agents waiting to read your stories.
"No" is not a disaster; it's a beginning.
Are you ready for your new beginning? What will it be??