“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” J. K. Rowling
You spend months researching, writing, editing, then tweaking your book proposal until it positively sings.
The first rejection (“Dear Writer – No thanks”), hurts.
The second stings.
The many letters received after, including the: “Not for us”, “Not a right fit”, “Cannot use at this time” and “This doesn’t thrill me”, positively lacerate your soul.