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Rejection Number 1

My first application to an agent has been rejected.

I am unsurprised and I am surprisingly unmoved.

What does make it a bummer, though, is that they seem to be excellent types and have about the only website that talks to unpublished writers as if they are people rather than a trying nuisance!  It’s also a bummer because it means I’ve got to compose a meaningful pitch aimed at someone else in the pitiful amount of free time the mother of a 10 month old has in a day!

Arse.

What does surprise me is that I don’t seem to have lost any confidence.  It sounds incredibly arrogant but I know my writing is good, I know it’s good enough to be worth publication.  That’s not enough these days, of course, you have to be a red hot seller which I am so not and you have to have a certain kind of luck.  Knowing somebody in publishing also helps.

Never mind.  I heard somewhere that JK Rowling got rejected 20 times.

Onwards and upwards, I will now proceed to agency number two on my list.  Meanwhile, here’s the letter.

Dear Mary

Thank you for your recent letter and the material which I enjoyed looking at.  As a small agency we take on very few of the many writers who approach us each year and, having considered your work, I am afraid I do not feel we can effectively represent you.

I trust you will understand that the sheer volume of submissions to this office unfortunately prevents us from providing you with a more detailed and personal response.

May I take this opportunity to wish you success with another agent or publisher.

With all best wishes etc

A decent letter.  And I know they can’t but oh how I wish I could go into the next submission with a hint, just one thing, that might need improved.  To paraphrase Rowan Atkinson… I am a blind man in a darkened room looking for a black cat that isn’t there!

Posted April 16, 2009 and visited 608 times, 1 so far today

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