Wednesday, September 17, 2014
My First Rejection Letter
After days of waiting and checking my email program every hour for that long awaited reply from an agent, it finally came. My heart pounded and it seemed like a swarm of butterflies had taken up residency in my chest. Opening the email was almost as hard as sending the query letter, I was terrified.
Dear Ms. Rumburg, Thank you for giving me an opportunity to review your query. My client list is comfortably full, however, and I am therefore taking on very few new writers; your material doesn’t sound quite right for me, nor I for it. I wish you the best of luck in finding representation elsewhere.
Very pleasant but heartbreaking. The query process is just that, it's a process. There are thousands of literary agents out there, and finding the right one is part of it. So why do I do it? Endless hours of researching agencies and agents, personalizing each and every query letter, second-guessing my query and sample pages every time I get a rejection ... Because "my agent" is out there and I'll find her one day. Giving up isn't an option.