Monday, March 5, 2012

It never is just one email with me, is it?

Hey guys! :)

So this morning the agent with my full confirmed that she'd received it. But something else interesting  happened this morning ... : I got a rejection to my query letter from another agent, and something he said stuck with me. Here's what the email said:

"I have a great fondness for [enter my school's name here] and would love to have a client there among the current student body, but I'm sorry to say that this didn't hit a chord with me, nor did it with another colleague of mine (who knows a lot about YA). Best of luck to you!"

Once again, I love that he took the time to write a personalized rejection letter to me. The part that really stuck out to me was the "who knows a lot about YA": I interpret that as he doesn't see my book working as a YA novel. Now I'm starting to believe more and more that maybe I should be querying my novel as a MG instead (I know ... a complete turn around from yesterday's post!). So, I looked through all the agents that currently have my query letter (and are suppose to respond as opposed to "only respond if interested" because I don't want them to think I'm nagging them if they've already turned down my query) and sent them a quick email basically saying how I felt: that I think my book may be better suited for MG than YA (though I of course value their opinion and would love to know what they think). I also shot a similar email to the agent who has my full and let her know.

I'm starting to think that I'm cursed in always having to send out multiple important emails of some sort to agents that I've queried because of my mistakes .... but I really don't want to regret ANYTHING, and I truly believe in this book a thousand times more than I did my first one. Wish me luck that they all see the email before they flat out reject me.

Until tomorrow folks (which is TUNEY TUESDAY)!!!

EDIT: I asked the agent who sent me the email above what he thought, and he promptly responded, basically saying that my concept was too stale in the juvenile market and followed the market trend too much for his agency ... he also provided a link to a book that HE wrote with a similar concept in general, so I think that may have had something to do with the rejection as well.

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  1. Aww, I'm sorry that you got that letter, but it's great that he took the time to write it, like you said. But it always takes a couple tries, right? I have complete faith in you!

    1. Thanks Eileen.
      I'm at WAY more than a couple ... but thanks :)
      I'm NO WHERE NEAR ready to give up!

  2. Hi, just dropping by. Good luck with getting an agent to accept your work. It sounds like a long and arduous process but you wont even remember it when it actually happens (not that I have personal experience but that is what I think will happen).

    1. Thank you Hazal.
      Yes, it is DEFINITELY a long, arduous process.
      I don't know if I ever could forget the querying process haha, but I know it will be worth it in the end (well, hopefully there is an end). :)