No, really. If you know a publisher has passed on your manuscript in two weeks rather than eight months, then you have room for strategy.
But it's still a bummer.
Even more of a bummer is if your submissions have coincided with this extraordinary economic downturn. If you have been in a coma for the past few weeks, here is a quick video explaining the financial crisis. Because this is a writer's blog, we got Hank Green, brother of award-winning author John Green (An Abundance of Katherines), do the explaining:
An agent friend told me the other day: "It's not just about quickly drawing your reader in. It's about quickly drawing a publisher in."
And then of course, you find out that David Walliams, star of Little Britain, has published a children's book. No, it's not about child transvestites.
You can't even hate him because apparently the book is not half bad (I had a peek at Waterstones and dang, it looked quite good) - he is a writer after all.
We can't begrudge David Walliams his children's book because he's
first and foremost a writer. Look, even Quentin Blake approved.
And you realise that now more than ever, publishers are going to be looking to celebrity to make their dough. And some celebs can actually write.
So here's a cunning plan.
Apply to become a Big Brother inmate. You only need stay for, oh, two days.
Germaine Greer managed to stick it out for six days before marching out because it was so unhygienic.
Two days would qualify you to add "former Big Brother inmate" to your query letter which immediately qualifies you as a B-List celeb ... which immediately also qualifies you as a publishable author (especially if you do something suitably ghastly that hits the headlines while you're in the Big Brother House).
Who knows, you might even sell more books than Katie!
Success is built out of small sacrifices like these.