Agent Update

Hi Guys,

Well, I didn’t want to say anything until I had something to report. A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of the agents I’d submitted and my gut clenched, expecting it to be a, ‘no.’ To my surprise they requested the full manuscript. To say I was jazzed puts it mildly.

Like a good little writer, I printed off a fresh copy of the manuscript, wrote a letter on my nice stationary and sent it off. The weeks passed. About a week ago, I emailed the agent toe ensure they received the manuscript. She assured me they had and they were still in the ‘review process’ and would let me know when they had decided. Again my hopes were bouyed and I allowed myself to be happy about it.

Today, I received another email and as it turns out they said, no. The language was politely vague and the bottom line seemed to be that they didn’t fall in love with the book like they wanted to. Now this was a little weird because there was another rejection on a story I submitted that used the same language. Apparently this is the new no. I didn’t fall in love like I wanted to with the story. Apparently, my book isn’t a good enough lover. Maybe it needs more foreplay? Or should rent one of those love making videos and learn a little new technique? I dunno.

So, it’s back to the drawing board and more submissions. Arrrggghhh.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know and say thanks for all your good wishes and prayers which I knew were there. I really appreciate your support and interest and it makes a difference to me, more than I could ever say.


29 thoughts on “Agent Update

  1. Saying they didn’t love it was much better than saying that it wasn’t worth a fuck. Keep your chin up and keep on going for it. Sooner or later an agent will love it. Lots of people love your stuff already. Consider me a fan for what that’s worth.

    Aw Evyl,
    It means the world to me that you’d consider yourself a fan. (((hugs))))


  2. I’ve been lurking for a bit and really enjoy reading your blog. I’d like to offer my commiserations re. your book. I recently left my agent after she had my book for a whole year then decided she couldn’t sell it. We disagreed over genre. It can be such a brutal process, this writing life. Nevertheless, I still love it. You are an amazing writer. I’m sure that one day very soon you will find an agent who appreciates your talent. Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

    Hey Selma,
    Thanks for coming out of the shadows – we’re all very chatty around here and the more the merrier. That really bites what your agent did to you. I had an agent a few years back who did similar things. Back then I was writing screenplays. He was all talk and no action.

    I’m a bit nervous about nano – but I did manage to get in my 1667 yesterday. It was both cool and surreal. Good luck to you too, as I assume you’re in the group as well.


  3. I just think it’s one of those “it isn’t you, it’s me…” notes…I HATE those. I hate hate hate those. I think I’d feel better if they just SAID…”we don’t like it, go away…get a job.” Ok, I take that back…I wouldn’t like that either.

    WHEN you get your agent (see how I said, WHEN…not IF?) you will look at those other potential “lovers” and it will make sense to you as to why it did not work out….and I think you’ll be glad you didn’t end up marrying them.

    Hey MM,
    You may be right – nothing worse than marrying the wrong person. And frankly, I think a relationship with an agent is likely more complicated than a regular marriage. And yes dear, thanks so much for saying when instead of if. πŸ˜‰


  4. It will happen Annie. It will happen at the right time and right place, and it will be so perfect!


    Thanks sweetie, I sure hope you’re right. πŸ™‚


  5. I’m sorry to hear that, WC, but if they can’t recognize what they’ve got in front of them, then you’re better off without them. Sometimes it’s just a matter of it clicking with the right person and when that happens, it’ll just feel right. πŸ™‚

    These kind of preset letters just irk the hell out of me, though. I don’t mind if someone doesn’t like something I’ve written, or even if they hate it; just give me something I can use. The “it’s not for us” or “we just didn’t love it” rejection doesn’t tell me anything. I’ve had some of the most brutal rejection letters imaginable for stories which have been published by the next publisher, and I’ve learned more from those letters than any other feedback. I’ll take harsh words over noncommittal any day.

    Best of luck with the agent hunt and your writing. I’m sure it’ll happen soon. πŸ™‚

    Hey CJ!
    YOu’re right – I’d rather know the truth than get the nice kiss off letter. Why can’t they just say they don’t like the ending or this character or that plot device? What is really irksome is that I waited for 4 months to hear the answer, no.


  6. Well,” there is someone for everyone” is what I used to hear all the time so some will not fall in love but some will. Don’t let it wear you down. Just keep submitting it in the background and go on with your life and with your writing. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when your manuscript finds it’s soulmate.

    LOL Teeni,
    I like the idea of my manuscript seeking its soulmate. That may be the right way to approach it. πŸ˜‰


  7. I agree with almost everyone!

    I too am waiting for quite some time for a financer to start the Movie that compelled me to resign from a stable job and devote full time attention!

    I know how it is when you get a polite no. However, WC, you are lucky to get one, at least.

    In our case, the guys do not say so and one has to hang on to hope and hope that they shall say yes, after having submitted the story and screenplay.

    The wait here is killing as you cannot call the guys often enough, THEY are the ones with the dough, and they do not have the time, apparently to send a reply back. Polite No or any other response! So, you wait and that is worse than anything!

    Still I am hanging on and I pray that you get yours earlier than we do ours!

    Cheers and Smile and post a joke, for a small change! I shall wait.


    Hi Ra!
    Oh you poor dear – waiting on the financiers for your financing. That is painful. I will say many prayers for you and your team. I hope you are able to make a wonderful movie and soon. Yes, jokes are good. Tomorrow I will post my friend Zelda’s favorite video. It is funny.


  8. Hang in there and keep trying. In the writing business persistance pays off. Your time will come.

    Thanks Mark, I am trying – but it gets hard sometimes. πŸ™‚


  9. i think the image you picked for this post says it all. Even with their no (by the way, they’re totally nuts!) you have moved a step closer to your goal. There was interest. Your manuscript was requested. That’s great!

    Though i appreciate courtesy and polite maneuvers, sometimes i wish people would just say what’s what, straight out, you know? Help ME out instead of trying to be nice so people will like you. Back in the day, if someone didn’t like something, they at least told you why, like specific things. And then you could consider and tinker if you agreed with the observation.

    Nowadays, we have to guess. And though the agent may’ve thought being vague was being polite or kind, it’s really not.

    Also, i see that Selma wished you luck on NaNo. Are you particpating? Chica, why didn’t you tell me?

    Hey Chica-Chica!
    Now why is it, you say what I think? We are so on the same page on this – I can take the truth, if only someone would tell me.

    Oh sorry, I thought I did tell you I joined the nano thing. It can’t hurt and I’m on the new novel anyway. Are you in too? This could be very exciting if a bunch of us are doing it. So…are you?



  10. Hate it for you.

    I love your writing, and have fallen in love with it, to I don’t think it’s the main course that needs work. Maybe it is the foreplay. Maybe the stationary needs to be better quality. Ooh! It’s the ink! The ink used to print it. Maybe you had it on “Fast Draft” instead of “Normal”. Hmmm.

    Because I know it’s not your writing. Or the book. It’s awesome.

    Chin up, A.

    Oh Jess,
    you’re like a sister or something, hating on something cuz it hurt me. I love you for that. Yeah, it was definitely the ink – I know you told me not to go with the purple but I couldn’t resist. πŸ˜†

    We’ll get her published – we will.


  11. 😦 That’s a real bummer, but, chin up, at least they read the whole thing, right? And that kind of feedback is so vague, it’s almost not fair. They should give you the courtesy of some actual critique. Maybe next time spritz some sexy perfume on your submission letter.

    Ooooh, perfume! What a great idea. You’re right, they asked for the whole thing so somebody must of sort of loved it, maybe it was just there was enough of the love going around for it? Who the heck knows? Back to the submission assembly line. Oh well. Thanks, Lass.


  12. keep your chin up girlie. you just haven’t found the right agent yet. the right agent WILL fall in love with your book and may even marry it. I feel it in my heart. much love !

    Hey Reggie,
    I shoulda sic’ed you on them. You would have rocked them with your do and don’t dating list. Maybe you could write a do and don’t publishing list? πŸ˜‰


  13. Oh, Annie! I’m sorry and I’m sending you a big hug. I know that “rejection” is part of this game, but still…it sucks BIG time! Keep your chin up, girl! Keep knocking! One day SOON the right door will be opened by the right people!


    Hey Gracie,
    Thanks for the hugs and (hugs) back to you too. I’m still looking for the door, I’ll let you know if I find it, maybe we can both sneak in. Hey did you get in your 1667 last night? πŸ˜‰


  14. Hi WC,

    Congratulations and sorry. Oh, the way to avoid that suspenseful wait on the confirmation of delivery is to include a stamped self addressed post card saying they got it. Or so I’ve heard. I’ve yet to work up the courage to submit my novel to the vile scrutiny of these people. Good luck.

    the Grit

    Hey Grit,
    Thanks. Yeah, I was glad I didn’t send the postcard, cuz I was hoping for a little feedback – which I sorta kinda got.

    What’s your novel about? Seriously.


  15. I’m with the grit on this one…I don’t even have the courage built up to do anything with my stuff yet. You are way ahead of the game on this one.

    Hey CG!
    It took me a long time to build up that courage and now I’m thinking I should have done it sooner. I’m not getting any younger or smarter. πŸ˜‰


  16. Well, maybe it’s not how good the book is, it’s the size.

    In all seriousness, publishers are a lot like “Becker.” They don’t know anything, they don’t like anything, nobody likes them, and they’re almost always wrong. You just need to find a different publisher, who more like a different 90’s sitcom. Try Seinfeld, or Friends.

    LOL – I have no idea what you just said – but I know you were comisserating, so thanks, sweetie.


  17. Annie….

    have you seen these guys?

    Hey You!
    I hadn’t heard of them but will definitely check them out thoroughly this weekend. Website looks very interesting and oddly reminds me of an idea I had about 5 years ago – it would be cool if they actually ran with it. Thanks, honey.


  18. Oh, Annie! How I sympathize. And how I admire your openness. On one hand I love being a writer – the freedom, the self-expression – and on the other, the rejection can be brutal.

    Please take their similar language to mean that they just figured out a new way of saying “No thanks.” Like in dating, it happens more than we’d like and more often than not, the opt-out has more to do with them than us.

    Keep writing and submitting. Soon and very soon, eh?

    LOL Scribe,
    Yeah it’s the agent equivalent to ‘I’ll call you”, eh? πŸ˜†


  19. “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘not at this address.’ Just keep looking for the right address.” Barbara Kingsolver

    Hey Barbara,
    Interesting perspective – you sound a lot like a friend of mine. Have we met? πŸ˜‰


  20. hehe Girl, I be SMOKIN this year! (No, not crack…although some might argue that point). I hit 5700 yesterday before packing in it. (which is a good pad for if/when I hit one of those days when the well is dry) How are you doing??? The website SUCKS bigtime…which is a bummer. I like to have the little counter thing to motivate me. This year, it takes so much time for the site to load that I end up just saying “f*ck it!” and go back to writing!!

    Hey Girl,
    I’m smoking the same stuff as you – I hit 9648 last night at 11:59. The nano website is a total pain – I don’t have that kind of time. Hopefully it’ll smooth out in a week or so. I haven’t seen the little counter thingie – I’d like something like that, where doyou get it? Michael had something like that on his blog but I don’t know how he did it. I should ask him. That way we can keep the count on our blogs. That would be cool, eh? Yeah, stick with the writing – or get a separate computer to download the site. πŸ˜†


  21. The generality of the rejection letter sucks. I didn’t realize that “we didn’t fall in love with your novel” is the new canned version of “no.” If someone would take the time to read your manuscript, you would think the response could be more specific as to why they didn’t fall in love with it. The good news is that your manuscript was requested. Seems like that’s a step up from no request. Just keep at it. In fact, if I were you, I’d double or triple the number of sources you are sending it to. Some agent will “love” your novel and get behind you.


    Hey PG,
    Yeah, apparently ‘we didn’t fall in love with your novel, as we wanted to’ is the new black. And a sly little slap in the face too (the comment infers I somehow disappointed them on purpose). I agree it’s a number game and increasing the numbers can’t hurt, but I’d have to quit my job to do so. I think I may try to find my target audience more specifically and hone in on that.


  22. Annie, hang in there. Every time I walk into a bookstore, I remind myself that 95% of what is there, I wouldn’t care to read and a lot of it I wouldn’t get past the first five pages before losing interest. Likewise, what we write can be the same. You could submit War and Peace and their is an agent somewhere that would reject it. Look at Melville. Moby Dick was shunned until seventy some odd years after his death. Blood Meridian, considered Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece, saw only lukewarm, at best, reviews when published. In fact, Philip Roth still refuses to read it saying it’s just not for him. I guess what I’m trying to say is, keep submitting. If you love what you have written, it is only a matter of time before you find an agent that does too. All the best. πŸ™‚

    Hi Tree (and what a cool name!) and welcome. You’re right – it is a matter of connecting with the right agency/agent who will see the value in the work. And I often wonder how the heck a lot of books ever got published – even books that end up on the best seller lists. Especially the really dismal, all is dark and dead type books. Go figure. I’m hanging in. Back to the drawing board and a new marketing campaign. Thanks for your nice comments.


  23. I think the worse annoyance I had in this area was when a publisher requested I write a novel from a synopsis I’d submitted. I typed away for three weeks solid to produce first draft – and it was over Christmas, too.
    Manuscript sent off. Weeks of waiting. Manuscript returned with curt note – our fiction list has now been closed.

    Hey Tony!
    You’ve got to be kidding? They actually did that? Cripes, I’d have hunted them down and bonked them on the head with my handbag (which is really heavy). πŸ˜‰


  24. Hi WC,

    The postcard won’t prevent feedback. Whoever opens the package will drop it in the mail just to let you know that your manuscript didn’t get lost in the mail.

    As to my book, it’s hard to describe exactly. Closest is a semi-fictional autobiography that’s somewhat humorous. Everyone who’s read it so far agrees that my life has indeed been funny.

    the Grit

    Well then Buddy, start submitting it. What do you have to lose? Don’t be a big chicken – bawk, bawk, bawk. πŸ˜†


  25. I don’t know what goes on in that writing world but keep hold of that passion tho Annie.


    To every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage.

    Thanks honey. I will. They can’t keep me down. And that’s the truth.


  26. sigh … am so sorry honey! i’m not sure i’m a fan of the new rejection language, glurg! hang in there, i believe in you!! xox

    Hey D,
    Thanks, hon. It’s okay – just need to regroup for a few. I had to know somewhere in the back of my mind it wasn’t going to be that easy, didn’t I? 😯


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