Adventures in Rejection – Part 1
To date I’ve received three rejection letters. Two letters and one non-response. To be fair, the non-response stated clearly in her submission guidelines that if they were not interested in my manuscript that they would not respond.
Please send just a query letter and your contact information to xxxxxxx.com. She responds only if she’s interested in seeing material. She reviews emailed queries usually within two weeks of receiving them.
The two remaining letters couldn’t have been more different. The first was a basic form letter:
Thank you so much for sending the XXXXXXXX your query. We’d like to apologize for the impersonal nature of this standard rejection letter. Rest assured that we do read every query letter carefully and, unfortunately, this project is not right for us. Because this business is so subjective and opinions vary widely, we recommend that you pursue other agents. After all, it just takes one “yes” to find the right match.
Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.
Do I suck? Do I rock? I am I mediocre? I’d like to know where I stand in the grand scheme of things. AND!!!!!!! What is with the Dear Author crap! It’s drilled into our heads to make sure that I know the agent I’m sending my letters to. Make it personal. Make that connection. How difficult is it to look at the reply line and put a Ms. Gaskin in the Salutation line. Grrrrrr!
The second one I received first thing this morning (good morning to me!) let me feel that at least she had read and truly taken time to read my query.
As to your material I’m afraid I will be passing — I’m just not
enthusiastic enough about the concept of your story to feel that I’d be the right agent for the project. … Sorry I couldn’t give you a more positive reply. Thanks for thinking of me, though, and best of luck in your search for representation.
The good news, she didn’t say my work stunk. I’m pretty sure that at this stage in the game she could have indicated if I was a lost cause. Instead, she said she felt she couldn’t represent me ‘enthusiastically’ enough.
Of course that could be agenteese for ‘you stink and never write another word again’. But I prefer to have confidence in my work and believe that she felt that another agent could more passionately represent me.
It’s a good thing I have a hide like a rhinoceros. Seriously.
Onward and forward, my sights are set on my next
victims, er, agents to query.