If you're a writer, I'm sure you've heard all the stories that start, "Oh (insert famous writer's name) sent out a trillion query letters before (insert bestselling book title) was sold. X number of agents rejected it and look at it now, it's huge.
You've had people you trust read it, they say its good. You've perfected your query letter. You think it's awesome. You think your book is polished and ready for agent eyes, your beginning is great and they should love love love it--only they don't. They say things like, "It's just not what I'm looking for." or "I just didn't connect with the character or voice."
Every time you get a rejection it's like getting kicked in the stomach. Every time it happens, your ego and self-confidence take a hit. After yet another rejection you can't help but wonder if the query you think it so great actually stinks, or if the pages you've sent are now lining some agents kitty litter box.
Do you ever say to yourself, "Self, I'm tired. I'm done. I'm walking away."
If not, why? What makes you get up the next day and send out another query letter?