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. 🙂
I sent off my first query for The Courtesan of Constantinople on September 1st to an agent. I’ve done Query Letters before to publishers, but this was a bit different.
It still had the blurb portion and writing credits, but the letter doesn’t contain the hard sell that I would have in a query to publishers.
When querying publishers, I’m aiming for a specific line, so I’m very specific in my query of how my book will fit into the publisher’s line. I’m selling them my product.
When querying agents, I’m selling me and my brand. It’s a bit more of a soft sell. I’m telling them what I write so the agent can decide if we will be a good fit.
I’ll be sending off more queries, along with sample chapters and the Synopsis. How I hate the Synopsis-Its such a struggle for me. Digital publishers usually take a query and the complete manuscript, so I’ve been a bit spoiled. I haven’t had to write one since my very first, “The Pilot and the Pinup” story was published. I’m sure there will be some learnings ahead.
I finally typed “THE END” on my first steampunk novel, “The Courtesan of Constantinople”.
I’ve decided to pursue an agent for this book, so I’ve been making a list. My list is comprised of agents actively looking for Steampunk. Also adding those who requested during #Pit2Pub or perhap have Steampunk as a #MSWL.
Because I’m pursuing this route, I thought I would keep the inquiring minds among you up-to-date as I progress through this ‘new’ process for me.