This post by literary agent Janet Reid really made me chuckle. Apparently an author submitted something to said agent, and received an immediate rejection letter for their work. They were so enraged that they ripped it into pieces, and sent it back with a carefully personalized note that not only derided Ms Reid for the rejection, but insulted her with profanity.
Smooth move moron.
Not only will Ms Reid never represent you, (and rightly so), but using that type of tactic is going to give you a bad reputation among the agent community at large. You’ve just signed your own death warrant among any agent for quite a while.
Of course this kind of behavior also speaks volumes about the character of the author. Anyone who feels so strongly that agents should be lining up to fight for their debut work obviously doesn’t understand that publishing is a business and rejections are how it works.
I don’t know if the work was any good or not, but based on the speed of the rejection, and the behavior of the author, I suspect it was crap. I’ve been known to make mistakes once in a while, but I doubt that I’m wrong on this one.
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in which I discuss my latest rejection and what I am going to do about it.
Yep, got another one today. The bad news is that it is another rejection. The good news is that I am getting some personal feedback. It’s either that or their form rejections are getting really good. In this case I don’t think it was a form rejection. There were enough details about my submission that wouldn’t have been appropriate for a form letter. Not really any feedback that I can use, but it felt like the agent really had spent some time considering it.
So if I’m looking at the glass half-full, then I’m getting there.
Yep, got another one this morning. I could tell that the first one wasn’t a form letter. The actual feedback that I got was pretty much right on, though a little bit ego-busting if I’m being honest.
I couldn’t tell if this was a form rejection or not. I suspect that might have been the point. If I am firmly affixing my tinfoil conspiracy hat, I would say that the agency went out of their way to write a rejection letter that lets you down easy and tries to sound like it’s not a form rejection, but really is.
There’s just enough detail in this one however, that I’m not sure.
I have resolved that I need to do another pass on this book in any event. So even if all the other agents come back with a rejection, I’m OK with that. I will resubmit when I fix some of the issues.
Who knows? I could get lucky with an agent that can see the potential and is willing to have me make the changes.
As I mentioned in an earlier post I sent out 11 partials to agents from Thrillerfest. I heard back from one agent, and he didn’t think one of my characters was strong enough. (He’s right).
So I spent the last week tuning up the manuscript, cranking up the tension on the character named Ellen. She’s the protagonist.
She is trying to get away from her overcontrolling husband, William, even though he’s just restored her sight. He didn’t do it medically, you’ll have to wait and read the book to find out.
Anyway I haven’t heard from the rest of the agents yet. It’s only been a couple weeks, so I’m going to give them a lot more time.
Meanwhile, I’m working on the next one.
I sent out 12 partials to Thrillerfest agents this week. They were for two different books, one is my gaming/military thriller, Deadly Mistake, and the others for my mystery/thriller, Blind Power, about a blind woman who’s able to see again after a researcher invents an electronic solution.
The rejection I got was for Blind Power. So the bad news was that it was a rejection. The good news was that I got a very detailed explanation about why the agent didn’t like it. Not enough tension in the first 50 pages. And you know what? He’s right.
Just because I can write a very detailed description about how something works, doesn’t mean I should at the beginning of the book. That’s what I did on this version. I need to suck the reader into the conflicts first, then explain how they got there.
OK, so that was the bad news. The good news is that I know exactly what to do, and while it won’t be easy, it’s not a complete rewrite either.
I want to get started on the next one, but I think I am going to take the time to give this one another shot, and then move on.
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Stop by and say hello, leave a comment, and enjoy yourself. We will have tips, tricks, and stories from actual writers in the trenches, trying to make their way through the publishing battlefield, while dodging criticisms, reviews, and rejections lobbed at them from the front.
I will be the Monday post. The full list is available on the blog and includes some very diverse talent.
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I have been invited to participate in a new writers blog called Adventures in Writing. A number of us writers are going to share stories about the trials and tribulations of writing a book and getting it published. (We will be published, there is no if)
I look forward to share some of the interesting things that happen when you actually make up your mind to write. I don’t know how many times I have heard someone say “One of these days I’m going to write my book”, or “Wow, that would make a good book”, yet very few actually do it.
It’s hard. Having the patience to actually sit for days in solitude and write down your thoughts in a meaningful composition takes a lot more effort than it seems. Lots of people can tell stories. Putting pen to paper is much harder.
So watch this space for interesting content from a number of writers as they thrill you and chill you with breathtaking stories of the writing process.
OK, so maybe it won’t be that thrilling or chilling, but we hope you learn something that makes you a better writer.
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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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