Sunday, June 21, 2009

I gots me first rejection letter today. I expect I'll get one for every query I send out, if I'm lucky. Apparently not all agents send them. They just toss your letter (or email) into the rubbish bin and get on with their day.

Even though it was expected, it's hard not to take it personally. It's not unlike watching your kid left out of the game the other kids are playing. My characters have been hanging around in my brain for almost a year now and now they've been officially rejected.

A while back I read an article about every basement needing a first novel. I don't have a basement, but I suppose a garage will do.

15 comments:

StrugglingToMakeIt said...

Basement, garage, bah! You have an excellent story and the right agent will see that. Keep querying! Yeah, it certainly is very, very hard not to take these things personally, though. And the non-responders are a special thorn in my side. I know agents are busy, but a two-line form rejection? Really too much to ask? Anyway, keep hope alive, bottom line.

randy said...

Sorry to hear that. Trying to get published sounds a lot like dating. Critics, who need 'em :-)

A Fortnight of Mustard said...

Thanks to you both. :)

randy said...

Amanda,

now that you've had a few days to digest, how are you feeling about the whole ordeal?

I wonder how many rejected manuscripts actually go unread?

A Fortnight of Mustard said...

Well, I read that agents reject 99% of all query letters they recieve, so I imagine quite a few manuscripts go unread. Although, these days many are self publishing. I don't have the confidence nor the money to do that. There is a good chance this novel will go unpublished, but it's currently being read by other writers in my online critique group.

But how am I feeling? I guess I'm okay. I recieved another rejection today and I barely winced. I've sent a total of 4 queries.

To tell you the truth, I'm almost more afraid to get an acceptance. I like writing, but I won't like marketing- interviews, public readings, etc. Ugh! Gives me the shivers.

randy said...

I recently read about one well known author, I can't remember who, that refused to do interviews or book tours. To me it seems like that would be the norm as I figure most writers would be on the introverted side.

I read your stories at Fanfiction and you can definitely write. I have no idea how the whole getting published thing works but I imagine the biggest hurdle is getting the hook in the agent. Do you submit an overview with the manuscript so they can get the gist of the story without committing too much time? If so, for you, in my opinion, it's just a matter of coming up with a unique, attention-getting concept.

A Fortnight of Mustard said...

Oh, I promise you, I'm a much better writer than when I wrote the stories on Fanfic.

Basically, you write a query to an agent which includes a brief pitch about what the story is about. Some agents also want a summary and some also want the first 5 to 10 pages of the manuscript.

There are so many blogs and websites about how to write a good query letter to catch the attention of the agent. You could have a fabulous manuscript, but if you can't write a decent query, no agent will read it. They get so many queries that I hear they'll toss one out just for one misspelled word.

randy said...

Amanda,

when I read of your recent rejection this is the scene I envisioned:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?=5VizqC3D0WQ

Close? :-)

A Fortnight of Mustard said...

Drat! I can't watch it. It may be a bad link or it may be my computer. It's got a virus. :(

randy said...

I hope you can find a way to see it because it's hilarious. Come to think of it, this would be a good way to control your children's behavior. Threaten to film them and display it on Youtube.

If you're able to view Youtube at all search "World of Warcraft meltdown". I'm sure it will come up.

A Fortnight of Mustard said...

LOL
Just watched the vid. He reminds me of Nyssa's obsession over Harry Potter. Ever see her youtube page? http://www.youtube.com/user/girlwholived

randy said...

I just looked. Nyssa was in a movie? In the one video I saw (her last) I was surprised to see that she didn't seem shy at all. What a pretty girl she is. Watching that video made me sad for some reason and I find my paternal hackles raising all over again. I hope she comes out okay in the end.

A Fortnight of Mustard said...

Yeah, she was in a little educational production. She played the girl with a internet stalker boyfriend. They use these films in classes, workshops, and libraries to teach kids about internet saftey, bullying, etc.

She's not shy on camera, that's for sure. She takes on a whole other personality.

Anonymous said...

Amanda, imagine the agony of the many who rejected JK Rowling's manuscript about a boy magician. Or those who rejected Twilight.

I believe in Finn! The frame story is incredibly well done -- normally I dislike that device but you do it so well, with such suspense (I wanna know who the blue-eyed narrator is).

You can send critters your synopsis and query -- I read Lynne's offlist, and even her plot summary was funny. I hope she sells "Marina" and I hope you attract a following for Finn!

I've had a rejection and await the second one and plan to keep sending out the MS ad infinitum.

"To Be Human" is destined to be loved by many.

Carol

My name's Amanda, but I also respond to "Mommy." said...

Thanks Carol! :) You counteracted the effects of the brand new rejection letter in my inbox. So, that's 8 queries and 5 rejections. I modify the query letter before each query to try and target the specific agent and I've modified my synopsis. It probaby still sucks. I'd love it if you'd read it over. Oh, but I want you to read my ending before that. Don't want to spoil it for ya. ;)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...