Queries and Rejections.

After yesterdays game of “Agent for a day,” at Nathan Branford’s blog. I started to see a little of how the query process works. This was a fun and eye opening experience.

I learnd that , with so many queries out there, an agent must really be moved to decide to see more. There are plenty of great stories out there, but agents only have so many hours in a day to devote to selecting new stories to consider for representation. No matter how good they all are, an agent can really only pick a few that really speak to them. There is just no time to select them all.

In reading the 50, there were a lot of great stories, but only a few really appealed to me as a reader. In reading other responces I noticed how vastly different my taste were from other people. I can see now where that canned line, “publishing is a subjective buisness…” in every form rejection comes from.

So after playing agent and selecting a few stories out of the 50 that were provided, I was in a better mind frame to open my email up and see if any agents had responded to my query.

Sure enough, there was a fresh, new rejection.

I wasn’t that upset though. I know there are more agents out there, I haven’t exhausted all options. I just didn’t connect with this one. On to the next name on the list. Maybe the next agent will connect with my story.

Thinking positive here.

Comments

Jessica said…
Good for you! There are tons of agents out there and if they say no there are still editors to bug. :-)
I'm glad Bransford and others post that stuff.