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Friday, June 29, 2007
Has Jane Dystel Said "Yes" to You?
I chuckled to myself when I read how Literary Agent Jane Dystel "loves to say yes....and tries to do it at least several times a week." Or so she writes in a depressing little section on her agency blog devoted to rejection. The page is called Why Jane Dystel Turns Things Down . Actually, it's worth a look for the comments section alone. When Jane doles out some tired old advice about reporting previous rejection comments to perspective agents, one particularly astute Anonymous pins her right down: "You said, "If others have read and commented on them (your novel) it's also a good idea to include that information." Huh? If you mean your friends and family -- isn't that a major No-no, as in, "My mom liked this book?" Obviously if you are talking about other agents/editors, then is that still a smart idea? This agent liked it -- but not enough to represent it; here, do you want it?" As the Big Bad Wolf said when dressed in Granny's nightgown: The better to reject you with, my dear.