Wednesday, January 9, 2008

First Agent Rejection

I got my first rejection from agent Bob Mecoy.  Looks like he's not taking on any SF/Fantasy writers at this time.  Part of me is glad just to get a response so I have closure.  Some agents don't have time to email or write you back.  Moving on!  I still have to send out my query of the week.  This next one is going by snail mail, so I've been beating around the bush.  Hopefully I'll get an envelope put together today.  There's not a lot of week left.

I printed the rejection out.  I've decided to see how many of these I can collect before I either give up (never!) or get an agent.

I had a Captain Obvious thought today.  If you don't have a good enough submission package to get an agent, how can you hope to sell a book directly to a publisher, especially with a year or more turnaround?  I'm so glad I'm looking for an agent rather than shopping publishers.

3 comments:

Carissa said...

Congrats on the rejection!

I know that sounds weird, but if you weren't querying, you wouldn't get any rejections, which means you'd never get an agent.

But you know this.

So congrats! And onward!

David D. Levine said...

If you don't have a good enough submission package to get an agent, how can you hope to sell a book directly to a publisher?

The answer to that question is that no book appeals to everyone. You have to keep trying until you find someone in a position of power (agent or editor) who likes it enough to buy/represent it. If you submit to both agents and editors, you might just happen to hit with an editor first (which is kind of what happened to me, but it was complex).

Kami said...

Ooo, good idea David re: submitting to editors too. Might as well, since I have to spend my precious writing time wrestling with adjusting my subs to individual sub guidelines anyway.