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Title: "good" rejection?
Post by: thisquiethour on February 10, 2021, 02:01:16 PM
I have only sent out a few queries--got a few rejections, a few I haven't heard back from, and one that said he "wasn't taken with it as he needed to be" --so can I count that one as a "positive rejection" or is that pretty standard?
Title: Re: "good" rejection?
Post by: mindym on February 10, 2021, 02:09:17 PM
Sorry to burst your bubble, but that sounds a little form-ish -- most agents are just better at professionalism/being nice than others!

A personalised rejection usually comments on some aspect of your work (i.e., I have too many heaven/hell stories at the moment to take another one on).
Title: Re: "good" rejection?
Post by: jcwrites on February 10, 2021, 05:27:30 PM
Form rejection.

(sorry)

Title: Re: "good" rejection?
Post by: Tabris on February 10, 2021, 07:27:06 PM
Yeah, form. It's designed not to be argued with.

If the response doesn't say anything about your specific book, assume it came out of a can.
Title: Re: "good" rejection?
Post by: littlewritings on February 11, 2021, 12:41:07 AM
I second that... If an agent doesn't mention something very specific from your book, it's probably a form rejection.

(There are also some agents who have something like "Please keep me in mind for future projects" or "While I found your premise intriguing..." as part of their form rejection and that sort of makes it look like it's personalized, but it often isn't.)