Do You Have A Partially Completed Manuscript?

It’s been a while since I did a Random Rejection, so this week I thought I would reach into my giant file folder of writing correspondence and pull something out of it. But instead of either a rejection or an acceptance letter, I drew this instead:

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Random Rejection: The JABberwocky Agency

At the moment I’m between books, having finished the last one and not picked a new one yet, so there’s no Teaser Tuesday for the week. Instead I reached into my vast pile of rejection letters and pulled out this one, from The JABberwocky Agency, for a book that you may have seen mentioned here once or twice …

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Random Rejection: Doyen Literary Services

Here’s what I consider an example of a form rejection letter done right: It doesn’t offer uselessly general advice, generic statements about what the agent is or is not looking for, lengthy attempts to justify the rejection, or nonspecific critiques. It’s just a simple “no thank you, try again”, which in my opinion is all a form rejection needs.

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It Had To Happen Someday

I had been wondering for a while if this would happen … one of the agents whose (ancient) form rejection letter I recently posted came across the post and added a comment in response.  What did he have to say?  Read the thread and find out.

Welcome to the wonderful world of new media, where you can get a lengthier comment on a simple blog post than you would ever get on a rejection letter!

Random Rejection: Sandra Dijkstra Agency, 1994

So one of the things I used to spend a lot of time on was trying to get a literary agent.  (I’ve had a grand total of three over the years, and none of them ever sold a single thing.  But that’s a different post …)

Here’s an exchange that’s pretty typical of how my interaction with a literary agent would go.  First I would send a query (possibly including sample chapters), and then I would get back something like this:

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