My agent contacted me earlier this week: one publisher rejected my book already. That was pretty fast. Never a good sign. You have to wonder, did they get that bored after only the first paragraph or what? This was discouraging. But I'm not a stranger to rejection. In this business, you get a hundred times more rejection than you do acceptance. So I have developed a thick skin to it. However, it penetrates my wall a bit when I'm closer than I've ever been before only to get yet another . . . NO.