Friday, August 26, 2011
What Your Personalized Rejection Means
Have you ever wondered what certain phrases mean in a personalized rejection letter?
First of all, agents are very busy people, and don't owe us anything at all (not even a form response), so it's a very special thing to get any sort of feedback. Even a few sentences might lead you on the road to rethinking a key part of your manuscript.
That said, it can occasionally be hard to decipher what the agents actually mean by things like:
I need to connect more to your character.
The writing and voice are strong, but I didn't fall in love.
The lovely Kate Schafer Testerman of kt Literary was kind enough to explain how things work on the agent side and how to translate "agent-speak" phrases. She wrote a wonderful post (click below) that makes you think about your manuscript and characters, no matter where you are on the road to publication. Read the comments for some extra questions answered.
Declining a Partial - kt Literary blog post - August 24, 2011
Please remember that this is one agent's post, and that opinions vary :)