Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rejection Number 3

I know, I know--anybody reading this who's been at it for a while is laughing right now.  "So?  Three is nothing."  Yeah, yeah. 

Rejection note number one was easy; it was a bland "I don't handle new authors in your genre."  OK, no problem.  Number two, I was a trooper.  On today's, though, it started to get a little old. 

Dear Author:

Thank you so much for sending the (redacted) Agency your query. We'd like to apologize for the impersonal nature of this standard rejection letter. On average, we receive about 100 email query letters a day and despite that, we do read each and every query letter carefully. Unfortunately, this project is not right for us. Because this business is so subjective and opinions vary widely, we recommend that you pursue other agents. After all, it just takes one "yes" to find the right match. 

Good luck with all your publishing endeavors. 

I'm sure it'll get numb eventually.  For now, though--blarg. 


  1. Remember that JK Rowlings was rejected many times. I always love it - so many ended up with egg on their collective faces.

  2. True, Carol. I've often wondered if agents ever consider the bestsellers they've rejected. Probably not; it would require them to remember too much that's mostly irrelevant.