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Offline writinglady

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A good rejection?
« on: October 10, 2009, 10:00:59 AM »
I just received a rejection but I am not totally disappointed because this agent did personalize it.  She had a few nice comments, and that's what we writers live for.  OK, it's a no, but the words about my writing make it bearable:

Thank you for querying me about your manuscript, LIES OF THE FATHER. I've read your sample pages, and while I think you show great potential as a writer, I'm sorry to say that the project just isn't a perfect fit with my current needs. This has less to do with your strengths as a writer and more to do with my goals as an agent and the trends of the current literary marketplace.

I'm sorry I don't have better news, but I wish you the best of luck in your search for the right agent and publisher. Keep writing!

So, OK, I'm now looking the manuscript over again, making sure it is the absolute best it can be.  I do have some chapters I want to add and will work on getting those done.  The search for the right agent goes on...........................

Jane
 


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Re: A good rejection?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2009, 10:18:49 AM »
Danielle Chiotti? That's verbatim the rejection I got from someone, and I think it may have been her.

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Re: A good rejection?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2009, 10:36:17 AM »
Some of these agents go to great lengths to make their rejections sound "personalized", a mendacious subterfuge that ultimately fools nobody.

I wonder why they bother? A straightforward "No, thank you" would suffice.   ???

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Re: A good rejection?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2009, 10:42:05 AM »
I agree!  C'mon agents, just tell us the straightforward, "Thanks, but no thanks" without all the other stuff.  As Grandma Lee from the "America's Got Talent" show says: "cut the crap".

Jane

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Re: A good rejection?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2009, 12:55:11 PM »
Personally I appreciate any rejection - even if it is a form letter. At least its a clear signal that its time to cut your losses and move on.

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Re: A good rejection?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2009, 02:07:33 PM »
I agree with Tamara.  :agree:    It's the no-responders that really get me down.   :draw:
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Re: A good rejection?
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2009, 05:14:54 PM »
writinglady,

While this one might have been boilerplate, you will get responses to partials that are quite specific, and those are the ones that will really help you revise, and ultimately to get representation.

Good luck!

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Re: A good rejection?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2009, 09:26:47 PM »
I read somewhere that agents often don't have a specific reason why they don't take on a project. Sometimes they think the book is good, not great, or the book doesn't get them excited.

We always want to know the exact reason why they said no but agents are so busy they don't have time to give everyone indepth feedback.

I wouldn't start doing a redraft based a few generic lines from a rejection letter. If you start getting a lot of agents asking for a read and then lots of rejections, then consider a re-write.