I just read the most inspiring essay for those of us who are accumulating rejection slips at the speed of light.
If at first you don’t succeed …
Try. Try again.
After that, join a critique group.
If you still don’t succeed, stop stressing and go read a book and remember why you love great storytelling.
Then write a new book.
Try some creative new opening pages for your book. Come up with 10 different possible starting points. Test ’em all. (Make your critique partners vote on it.)
If you still don’t succeed … Read entire essay by Literary Agent Rachel Vater.