Facing The First Rejection From A Literary Agent

Most literary agents claim that their response time can take up to 6 weeks. Well, this morning–just three days after sending in my first query letter–I recieved my first rejection. Talk about efficiency! Of course, the rejection stings a little. But it sure beats waiting a month and a half to discover that they’re not interested in your work. (And now I can add a page to my Rejection Scrapbook). I know I was going to wait until I secured an agent before posting the rejections, but I’m too excited. This rejection was from Dan Lazar from Writers House (written by one of his assistants):

Dear Nicole,

Thank you for your query. Dan Lazar asked me to reply after he evaluated your submission. We’re afraid your project does not seem right for our list, but thank you for thinking of Dan, and best of luck in your search for representation.

Short and sweet. I would have liked some critical feedback that would have helped me reshape my query letter. But I understand that agents are busy. I’m just hoping that there is nothing explicitly wrong with the query (a typo, a misused word, an uninteresting pitch) that will make all agents overlook me.

I sent my query to one other agency on March 23, 2011. And I’ve yet to recieve word from them. Cross my fingers. If I have time, I will send out my query to another agent this afternoon, and keep this two-at-a-time thing rolling.


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