Rejections Are Usually Not About You

I read a wonderful article this morning by Rachel Pieh Jones, over on Jane Friedman’s blog, and I started a Twitter thread. My first. I don’t really use Twitter terribly well (or often) but since I hope some of these ideas may be helpful to blog readers who are perhaps not on Twitter, I am sharing the conversation here as well.

This is very much a learning process for me personally and I am sure that there are a number of things veteran literary agents look for in a query that I wouldn’t even begin to know to look for. I doubt that it’s confidential (or at least, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you) that an agent will be evaluating the salability of your book. When you get paid, we get paid.

I only rep fiction so I can’t speak to non-fiction queries, or how book proposals work, although if you are interested in that, the author does speak to those experiences (memoir writing) in her article as well. So check it out.

If you’re on Twitter, feel free to let me know what you think. If not, you’re welcome to leave a comment here. There are so many spam advertisers leaving random comments that I do screen them the first time an email posts to make sure you’re a real person, not a bot. So if you don’t see it immediately, that’s why. Anyway, look forward to hopefully hearing from some of you. Take care.

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2 thoughts on “Rejections Are Usually Not About You

  1. Hi Lauren, I really appreciate you posting this. It can definitely be hard as a writer not to take the rejection personally as often, the stories I submit are so deeply personal. However, I also fully understand that literary agents have a job to do. Like any healthy relationship, both partners must be fully invested. I wouldn’t want to beg or plead with an agent who wasn’t as passionate about my work as I am! Thanks again!

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