The Opening Line of a Literary Agent’s Rejection Letter

Trying to get my book published – the adventure continues.

May 5:  Didn’t send any query letters out today, instead, I crossed off a couple agents who were on my list to pitch to because they were either from the same agency as another agent on my list (not advised to pitch to multiple agents at the same agency) or their website changed and I was having technical difficulties.

May 6:  My first rejection letter from an agent came in today.  Such break up notes have opening lines that read like…

“I’m sorry to say that I don’t feel enthusiastic enough about your project to offer representation at this time…”

While rejection letters are never fun, not doing anything and never putting yourself out there to get rejected in the first place is far less fun.  I’d rather say “I wrote a book and pitched it to agents and got rejected” vs. “I’ve always wanted to publish a book but have never made the time.”  Well, I guess I’d rather say “hey, did you see my book over on that shelf at Barnes & Noble next to all the other best sellers?!”…but, ya know.

May 7-8:  Mother’s Day weekend.  Focused on the fam and put the book pitching aside.  Used phrases like “once my book is published, this is the type of dress I want to wear to my book launch party” several times while shopping with my mom and Grandma — for good measure.  I can’t say I am not wavering back and forth every day on if this book will ever be traditionally published, asking myself who would ever be interested in it, and all those self defeating thoughts – but I’m not letting that get in the way of what I’ve set out to do this month.  I’m also anxious to hear back from the Beta testing group who read my manuscript.  I should hear back any day now.  I hope they keep in mind my strong desire and openness to only hearing positive feedback and rave reviews.

May 9:  I submitted my query letter and the first 3 chapters via an online portal to the agent who represented the author of “Goodnight Moon.”  If you can’t go big, what can ya do?!  I had to create a log in/account to submit to this particular agent/agency, which turned out to be pretty snazzy because I can log in and see any active submissions.  It makes it far less mysterious than sending to a random inbox and hoping someone’s eye balls are reading your words on the other end.  Regardless of what happens with the submission itself (hopefully fame, fortune, book tours…you know…humble stuff like that) I do try to pause and celebrate even getting to this point.  This goal has required more research and more of me in general than I ever imagined.