Quitting. I think this is another contradictory piece of advice I have heard in the writing community. Never give up! Keep writing! Keep submitting that query. And yet I have heard agents say if you keep getting rejected on your query maybe you should move onto the next story. Quit and focus on another.
Yeah, I think you get where I see a bit of contradiction.
Let me ask this: Do you have any idea how many famous authors have been rejected countless times? Steven King? JK Rowling? The Chicken Soup for the Soul books were rejected over a hundred times if I remember correctly!
Are you reconsidering giving up still? I hope so. Maybe the reject slips are piling up, maybe you're getting disheartened but you're not the first and you won't be the last to be rejected. I think that's reason enough to keep trucking. You believe in your story, love it and have slaved over it to make it shiny. Things change over time and one day you might receive that yes.
Then all those no's are suddenly worth it.