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Rejection #7: First of Round Three

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I’ve started my agent search once again–my third attempt after yet another major re-write. I spent my time at the coffee shop last week in sending out query after query, and early this morning, at 3:42 am, I was roused from my slumber by the annoying, tinny alert on my phone indicating that I got an e-mail. Through bleary eyes, I read my first rejection of this round.

Dear Holden,

Many thanks for querying me with THE ACCIDENTAL CITIZEN SOLDIER. This certainly sounds like an interesting premise for a memoir, but I’m sorry to say it’s not quite right for my list at this time. I appreciate your trying me though and hope you find the right home for your work very soon.

My best, [agent name]
Oh well. I’ve broken the seal for this round, and the one thing I am grateful for is that at least they replied promptly. Rejections don’t get me down; I expect to be rejected by most agents. I’ve queried somewhere between 30-40 agents so far, and there has been some interest along the way. It’s a long road ahead (I’m not even halfway there according to this article), but it’s the road I’ve chosen. And if nothing happens by the end of the year, I will probably take a detour and go the self-publishing route on this one.
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  1. Sorry to read about the rejection, but continued good luck to you. Have you thought about going the Hollym route, or is the Korean market too small-fry for your designs?

    bighominid

    October 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    • I’ve actually never heard of Hollym before–I just Googled it–but I definitely want to try to get published in America before I consider the Korean market. I wrote the book with an American (or at least non-Korean) audience in mind.

      holdenbeck

      October 24, 2014 at 8:47 am


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