Out of all the e-mail submissions I made late last week, I've had the first rejection. Julia Churchill at Greenhouse Literary Agency decided that it wasn't for her. Fair do's. It'll be printed out and join the collection.
Greenhouse have a policy of having a cover 'letter' and the first five pages in the body of the e-mail itself. She wrote that she thought the story had merits but ... well, you know the rest. It may have been genuine - and I'm sure it was - but it may have been standard rejection soft-soap, so not to annoy.
Writers always moan and bitch about rejection, but how many of us look at it from the other side? If an Agent gets 300 submissions a week then at least 290 (if not more) will be probably be rejected instantly, so what must it be like to send that many rejection letters or e-mails out? Not easy. I'm guessing a thick skin would quickly be grown.
Anyway, never mind. Rejection's all part and parcel of this crazy game.
Never give up, never surrender.