Saturday, March 22, 2008

This Week In Rejections


  • David Williams over at The Soundcheck & The Fury, offers some interesting words on literary rejections. A highlight: "I wish editors would find a new way to say, "Sorry, but we didn't get off on your story." Because either you do or you don't. That's what it comes down to, always. That's everybody's literary "need" -- to read a story and be moved by it, staggered by the thing."

  • Blogging Literary Agent (Bliterary Agent) Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown shares his rejection letter here. It's total standard fare: "Thank you for your recent letter. I regret to say that I don’t feel that I’m the most appropriate agent for your work. However, opinions vary considerably in this business, and I wish you the best of luck in your search for representation." At least he doesn't say "Alas!"

  • Jessica at BookEnds LLC, a Bliterary Agency Online, offers advice about how to fire an agent who won't answer the phone. It's an amusing answers to an amusing question.

  • In an interesting interview, Bliterary Agent Kate Schafer of KT Literary (also bloggingly, and somewhat unfortunately, known as Daphne Unfeasible), says: "I hate the rejection as much as authors do. Also, seeing a book you love and have worked with the author and the editor on for years not do as well as you all hoped is tough too."

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