I got my first rejection from an agent last week. Less than 24 hours after I sent my query.
Was I surprised? Yes and No. Yes that it was so quick, and No that it happened. It was a form letter and I likely received for one of two reasons:
- The agent is not acquiring new authors
- My packet wasn’t proper. And my packet was incomplete…I noticed after I hit send.
I can not stress the importance of following the rules when agents and publishers lay them out for you. In my case the agency wanted the first 5 pages and I misread it to be query letter only. Now was I rejected for not following the rules, possibly. I’ll never truly know, but I guarantee I always wonder.
Some of you may think this is nitpicky on the publisher’s or agency’s part, and maybe it appears that way. But the rules are an indicator of what will maximize an agent or editors time. And truthfully if my query sang all on its own, perhaps I would’ve received a gentle reminder about the missing pages. Or I stated my query well enough that they knew a Stempunk Romance was not on their #MSWL.
Unfortunately for me, at this agency, a rejection from one agent is a rejection from all. It is too bad, as the agency represented many authors I love and respect. Sigh.
There are more agents ahead, and I assure you I will be diliegent in following the rules going forward. 🙂