Once, at the Rutgers conference, a panelist (whose name has totally escaped me) said this:
Don't take rejections personally. I've been in the business for 30 years and I've sold over 45 books and I still occasionally get a form letter! That should make you feel better.
We all laughed, but I think as soon as it came out of his mouth, he realized that his statement, intended to encourage us, had actually had the opposite effect on his audience.
Yikes! This is some tough business. And that is the double-edged sword of attending conferences. You can leave feeling invigorated and inspired. But you can also walk out feeling slightly discouraged and depressed. We picked an industry where the odds are so overwhelmingly against us.
What do you do when this industry gets you down?