Oh, Master of the Snark Side (and Hi to the Killer Yap, too),
This morning, my favorite prospective agent became my agent. How's that for the start of a Monday morning in February? This agent has rejected two previous works. However, she also asked for first look at any new work I had available. Mind you, there's a list of about ten or so agents I've contacted over the past two years who are like that. All of them have sent rejections. All of them wanted the next project to look at. (Not in a "Not for me. Remember my assistant next time you want a form rejection" way, but an "I like this, but not enough to pitch it. What else ya got?" way.)
I think it's important for those out there to remember that rejections aren't the end of the world. They are, in fact, sometimes networking opportunities. If someone's going to go through their slush pile and take the time to say, "I like your style; here's what I'm looking for," they obviously see potential.