I know. I promised no agent related posts for the holidays. That was before I got a rejection yesterday. Strangely I find myself very upbeat about this rejection. This rejection was from the agency that had the partial manuscript for THE EARLY YEARS. Y’all remember THE EARLY YEARS, my 160,000+ word manuscript that was horrible now that I think about it? Yeah, that manuscript with the “wonderful” query letter got rejected.
A couple of things here. A) I had already decided I hated the length and first three chapters and was in the process of revising the whole book when I got the request for the partial. So, I was thrilled/not-so-sure when I got the partial request. B) I acknowledge I may have jumped in a bit too early when I started querying agents with a book I had just finished. My bad. I apologize. I should have started with SWEET SIXTEEN.
Anywho, back to the “feels great” rejection. Yep, I’m still rejected. But, there were a few things that stood out for the first time in a rejection letter. Allow me to show you what I mean.
“very well-written” Oh My Gosh! Did you see what the agency said? First time anyone has said something of mine was “very well-written.” (Let me believe this isn’t a form rejection.)
“confident you could find an agent out there for the THE EARLY YEARS” No one has actually said they are confident I can find an agent for THE EARLY YEARS. I’m not, but that’s because I’ve torn the book apart for a rewrite.
“Please do keep us in mind” Oh, I should keep you in mind? For what shall I keep you in mind for?
“your future work” Future work? You’d like to see my future work? Hum, see I just happen to have some work I’m revising and about to send out next month. I shall keep you in mind for my future work. And thank you for making me feel good about being rejected.
Okay, back to reality. Yes, it is a rejection. But, this is one step closer than I was before. The next time I get a partial request I shall receive a request for a full manuscript. Right? Come January I shall receive lots of partial requests and requests for the full manuscript.
By the way, I will not be hurt if anyone forwards a link to my blog to their agents. I’m just kidding. I am really taking this rejection too well. But did you happen to see the fact I have strong writing and they asked me to keep them in mind for my next project. I just need to work on speeding the action up. (Yes, it is most likely a form rejection, but I am going to pretend it isn’t.)
We now return you to the previously scheduled Holiday Short Stories!
PS: Happy Chanukah!