I sent another query out today, this time to a well-respected agent I've become familiar with through this here Bloggerland. Drawing on his advice and thinking I had nothing to lose, I prepped my info and sent it off.
Imagine my surprise when, in less than five minutes, I had a response waiting in my inbox. My palms grew sweaty, my heart paced quickly. And I opened the e-mail to find a very nice, very personal, rejection. Ouch. It took a few minutes to sink in; I was reeling from his lightning-speed reply.
But, even given my disappointment, I'm ever-grateful for his kind words. And I do respect what he had to say.
So, though interest didn't come from him, I'll keep moving forward.
2 rejections; 1 I'll contact you within 3 weeks if I'm interested; 7 out