So most of you know already that I’m trying to get book published. The other day I got another rejection from yet another agency. The crazy thing is, I’m totally aware of the process and have embraced it. My wife on the other hand said, “why do you pick these types of careers to follow?” When you are a creative-type like I am, this is part of it. Before writing, I was a photographer––currently I own a photography gallery. I dealt with rejections as an artist and have watched artists that I represent go through it as well. I’m usually the one on the other side of the table commenting on artists portfolios. Now the tables are turned.
So receiving rejections from these literary agencies is totally understandable. Without naming names, I am going to show you some of the responses that I’ve received over the past few months. Writers who are trying to get published: get used to this. You’ll get a lot of these. Embrace it and move on. This is the only way you’ll stay sane. I took this photograph a while back of Banksy’s ‘Follow Your Dreams-Cancelled‘. Don’t listen to him. Follow your dreams to the end.
Food for thought: J.K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before finding a publisher for Harry Potter and Stephen King received 30 rejection letters for his book Carrie. One day someone will come along that will want to work with you and then you’ll freak the fuck out!
It’s my belief that an agent needs to make a strong emotional connection to any memoir she takes on in case the submission process turns out to be long and difficult, and she has to hang in there with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t make that connection here, and so, have decided to pass. I’m sorry not to be writing with better news and wish you the best of luck elsewhere.
Thank you very much for giving us a chance to consider your work. Unfortunately, your project is not right for us at this time. Publishing is a matter of taste, however, and another agent may feel differently—we encourage you to keep looking for an enthusiastic editor or agent. We wish you the very best of luck with your work.
Thank you very much for your query. I’m afraid I’m not going to be the ideal agent for this and I’m going to pass. Good luck.
Dear Mr. Landry,
Thank you for your query. After consideration we have decided not to pursue this project, as it doesn’t seem quite right for us. As you know, this is a highly subjective business, and other agents are sure to feel differently. We wish you all the best in your search and hope your book finds a good home soon.
Thank you for thinking of me for your book project. Unfortunately, I don’t feel this project is quite right for me and have decided not to pursue. Please know that this business is highly subjective, and that what doesn’t work for one agent may work perfectly for another. I hope you will continue to search for a home for your manuscript. I wish you the best of luck as you move forward with your writing career.
I regret that I am unable to answer your query with a personal note—please know that I read each and every letter in my inbox. At this time, I am only responding personally to projects which I intend to pursue. I’m afraid that in this instance, I did not have the enthusiasm necessary to request pages. I apologize for the frustratingly subjective nature of this business and I do wish you all the best of luck finding the right agent for your work.
Thank you for sending this through to us. We wanted to let you know that we greatly appreciated having the opportunity to review your work, but are sorry to say that we do not feel able to offer you representation.
Sometimes we must pass on books, even very good books that we feel are either out of our range or would require an amount of attention we cannot provide at this time. In addition, we can’t afford to take on projects that we’re not absolutely confident we can sell. But we very much hope that you will find an agent with the right enthusiasm for your work.
Many thanks again for considering our agency, and we wish you the best of luck with your writing.