Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I recently received a very nice rejection letter. It was addressed to me personally and the agent even gave me like a little pep talk, so to speak. I was really impressed and truly grateful. After so many form rejection letters I get a personal one. I don't know why but somehow it feels like mission accomplished.

What I mean by that is I wanted to try and get my book out there to be published. I wanted to really give my all and just maybe I would land my dream agent. Well I didn't do that, but somehow just trying and now getting some real feedback makes me feel that just by trying I already won most of the battle.

I know I am crazy, but this one agent really truly gave me more guts to try even harder. Yes, I might get more rejection letters but right now I am in the mindset of "GO BIG OR GO HOME."


  1. I think it's nice to know someone really took the time to consider it, I'm never sure if that's true with most form rejections.

    Keep going big.

    Moody Writing

  2. Rejection letters are rarely nice but is good to get one that helps you progress. This type are worth a reply to thank them for their consideration.

  3. I wish I'd received at least ONE personalized rejection! I know the effort that goes into writing them, but geez, I just want to know what's wrong with what I'm writing! (How else do I get better??)

  4. Mooderino - Thank you, I agree. Sometimes the last thing one's ego needs is a form rejection letter.

    Bob - I immediately sent her an email thanking her for her time and for the wonderful feedback. She did help me a lot.

    Renee - Exactly, but at least you know you did something right. You have a book coming out in December. I am genuinely happy for you.

  5. A personalized rejection is good. I really think success in this industry takes perseverence and practice. Keep writing new stuff while you're waiting for more responses.

  6. We all feel that sometimes - "If all I get are standard rejections with no feedback, how can I improve?" The answer is that you'll have to find some other way to improve, because that's not the potential agent's job. The agent's job is to sort through the dross and find the occasional nugget. And it often doesn't seem to have anything to do with the actual quality of the work. The agent is looking for what he/she can sell. That this blogger got a personal response is pure gravy. Most of us have to rely on other sources for support and encouragement. That's what moms are for.

  7. Tonja - Thank you, I will.

    John - Thanks. I do love my mom.


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