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Rejection #4: Three for the Price of One

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This month was supposed to be a productive month for me. A rewrite-the-entire-book-and-change-it-into-a-fucking-literary-masterpiece kind of month. Instead, I’ve probably revised a couple of paragraphs and spent the rest of the time reading and smoking and drinking and watching old movies. In a lame attempt to salvage the month, I decided to query one more agent and try my luck. The one redeeming quality of this rejection is that it was quick; the rejection came less than 24 hours after the query submission. I’ve always been a rip-off-the-bandage-quick kind of guy.

Dear Author:

Thank you so much for sending the [agency name] your query. We’d like to apologize for the impersonal nature of this standard rejection letter. Rest assured that we do read every query letter carefully and, 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.
[agent name]
[agent name]
[agent name]
[agency name]

Again, an impersonal “Dear Author” rejection. At least they were honest about their “im-personality.” I say “they” because all three agents in the agency have their name at the bottom of the rejection. It’s kind of like trying to hit on a girl at a club and, having been rejected, hearing her two friends say “No, thanks” when you weren’t planning to play for them anyway. Three rejections for the price of one, or maybe just one agency-wide rejection.

* This is my fourth reply (still a small number, I know) but I assume that the one agency who hasn’t replied for the past three months just didn’t bother with the rejection letter, making a grand total of five.


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  1. The agency that hasn’t replied might have your work on a slush pile, which could be good or bad. Then again, if all you sent was a query, they may simply be unprofessional. It shouldn’t take a quarter of a year to reply to a query.

    Kevin Kim

    February 25, 2011 at 3:49 am

    • It was only a query, the standard query content plus first five pages (as per their submission guidelines). Until I get a rejection, I’m just going to assume that they’re being unprofessional. It makes things easier on me that way.


      February 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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