Dear literary agent

Dear literary agent,

I wish we all had more time in the day. We could all use the extra hour or so to get everything we need done.

But I promise you, it doesn’t take that long to write a sentence or two. To make a short list. To say, “Hey. I liked the query, but the story didn’t catch my eye when I read the first few pages.” Or “Your query confused me in the second paragraph.”

Because then, if I get responses back and see a trend, I’d know what to fix. I’d know that my query is turning agents off, so I should go fix that. Or I’d know that my first chapter is confusing, so I’ll go rewrite that.

But instead, I’m left with nothing but questions.

Should I focus on my query? What if my query was great, and I’d screw it up by editing it? Do I need to edit my first chapter a little bit more or should I be scrapping it all and starting over?

What made you pick others over me? Was it my credentials? My writing style? The plot? The characters?

There are so many unanswered questions.

One voice doesn’t mean I should change the world. But with many voices all saying about the same thing, I’d know what to do more. I’d know what to change, how to improve. But instead I get my 10th:

But remember, this field is subjective. What doesn’t work for me, may work for another. I wish you the best of luck in your writing career.”

Thanks,
An Unknown Writer


Hey everyone!

This was something I wanted to write last year but never got around to it. It was frustrating to get rejection after rejection with no feedback at all. Not even a sentence.

Not sure if or how you can relate. But I wanted to share in case another writer had the same feeling. Know that you’re not alone.

7 thoughts on “Dear literary agent

  1. Oh my gosh, this is my fear and nightmare and I haven’t even begun the process! I can only imagine the frustration you must have felt. Hope someone in the publishing industry reads this and can give you some insight at some point!!

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