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February 20, 2009

Query Rejection

Filed under: Books,Writing — douglaslperry @ 7:17 pm
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I got another one today. Yeah, it sucks. I can’t really sugar coat it. It feels bad. 

I have written about how it’s all part of the process, no need to worry about it, send it out to another agent, you will find the right one….. but that’s all the stuff you say when you are talking to someone else. That’s not what you say when the person you are talking to is you. 

So that’s all the bad news. 

The good news is that I actually got some feedback. That is unusual, but what it tells me is that I actually did garner some interest. 

Secondly they said that my writing showed a lot of promise. Wow, that’s awesome. 

What it came down to was that they didn’t feel strongly enough about the premise of the story. OK, that’s great feedback. I’ll take another pass on that to make sure that it really does grab the next one, and, in a month or so, I’ll resubmit. 

It will take a day or so to get over the sting, but I will move on. I will continue to write. I love it and you can’t stop doing something you love to do. 

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  1. I had a buddy in high school who always went thru the same process to get a date for the prom. He would start with the Homecoming Queen and work his way down the list until someone said yes. He was very matter of fact about the process, and if it bothered him it never showed. The first year he went with his cousin.

    Over time though, he grew taller. He got contact lenses. His acne went away. He became a very sucessful professional, married a beautiful girl and has lovely children.

    The boy didn’t have any give up in him. Persistence won out.

    Comment by Dr. Tom Bibey — February 20, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  2. Hey, I know exactly what you’re talking about. It stings, it smarts. The good news, I suppose, is that the more rejection letters you accumulate, the less they really hurt, for me, anyway. Sort of like chronic pain – something you know, accept, and live with. Keep writing, keep submitting, and remember you’ve got a lot of company in Rejection Land.

    Comment by uppington — February 20, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

  3. ouch. sorry, man. i got two rejections last week: one for my book and one for a grant to get some more technology in my classroom. i honestly can’t say which one hurt more… and you’re totally right on: we all know and say and mutter on that it’s all part of the process. but it still stings.

    don’t forget cindy pon: 121 queries! i’m not there yet, so i’m not whining…yet 🙂

    Comment by Alex Moore — February 28, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

  4. If your craft is up to par, then rejections are just a matter of taste. I don’t like every movie I see, so I can imagine agents are not going to like every story they see. I just wish there was a better way for us authors to get hooked up with the proper agent.

    Maybe we need to setup speed dating for agents.. 😀

    Comment by douglaslperry — March 1, 2009 @ 2:52 am

  5. Not that I’ve ever tried this, but isn’t pitching your work to agents at Writer’s Conferences basically the equivalent of speed dating? The very idea makes me quake in my boots.

    Comment by uppington — March 1, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

  6. The San Francisco Writers Conference actually has a session like this, but the agents who have commented about how it worked have not given it high marks. Even though they may enjoy talking to the writers it didn’t help sell the book if the writing wasn’t what they wanted. The agents said that they would rather see the writing.

    I guess my comment was more directed to how agents could characterize what they liked more clearly so that writers would be able target them. But it’s hard. Agents like a good story no matter the genre or style.

    Comment by douglaslperry — March 1, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

  7. I feel you–I just got my tenth rejection yesterday. It stung more than the others, I’m not quite sure. The first ones didn’t hurt at all, so maybe its a cumulative thing? Anyway, keep it up! I’ll be cheering for you! 🙂

    Comment by Jenny Tonks — May 28, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

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