Note: I am no longer a literary agent! But feel free to reach out to me for manuscript and query letter editing.
So yesterday I dealt with a topic that no one likes, namely rejection letters, and I poured some further depresserade on the situation by saying that I gotta delete your follow-up questions as well. How’s that for some Christmas spirit!! The Grinch has nothing on me. Also you’re getting coal in your stocking.
Well, if it makes you feel any better, you too have the power to make an agent cringe like they’ve been rejected. You can make them curl up into the fetal position and have them screaming invectives against the universe and throwing staplers at their assistants. It’s easy: let the agent know that they’re not the first person you’ve queried.
People usually mean well, and often they don’t seem to have any idea they’re doing this. They’ll say something like, “X agent was very encouraging in their rejection letter.” My response: “You queried X agent before me??? (pass out onto the floor)”
This. Kills. Me. Every time. Never fail. Especially from blog readers.
As you can tell from my picture and my sunny outlook on life, I’m a young agent. Being a young agent isn’t easy. I’m competing with all of the other experienced agents for the best projects, and honestly, one of the important reasons I blog every day is that so all you writers out there will think of me first when you send out your queries. I absolutely want to be the first person you query — naturally, I want to be the first agent to see the best projects.
But hey — I’m realistic. Maybe you think someone else would be a better fit, maybe you want to give another agent a gander first, maybe you don’t want to query someone who fell for an e-mail scam yesterday (ROSE, HOW COULD YOU???). I understand! Just don’t tell me about it.
My blood pressure thanks you.
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