Well, I knew it was coming but I expected a longer wait. After arriving home from a wonderful evening of being entertained by my daughters at their school Talent Show, I clicked on my Inbox. Such an innocent thing to do. And what to my wandering eyes should appear, but a reply from the first agent I queried. Sadly, it was not an enthusiastic "Ohmygosh! Send me your manuscript NOW!" No, it was a polite rejection; a form rejection I'm sure. Could it have been the fact that I had forgotten my contact phone number and sent a second email with it (remember how extremely nervous I was to click that send button)? Could it have been the unpolished query (I have a much stronger one now)? Or could it possibly have just not been a good fit? The world may never know.
One thing I do know- I have three more inquiries currently "out there", and a stronger query letter to send out to another batch of agents as soon as I carve out the time to research and choose who they'll be. It's not the end, it's only the beginning. I will treat my rejection as a badge of honor. It means I am trying- and that's more than a lot of novelists can say.
update: Moving forward with something more positive... I have posted a promo video that my wonderful and talented husband created for my book! It is permanently located at the bottom of the blog- check it out.