Saturday, March 20, 2010

This is how you start a weekend

"Thank you for your submission. We're very sorry it’s taken us so long to respond, but we’ve had a backlog of submissions. Even though your project sounds interesting, I’m sorry to say that it is not right for us at this time."

My first rejection in months! Of course, it's been months since I've heard from anyone, so, whatever.

Quick Robin! To the self-publishing machine!

Bamf!

1 comment:

  1. It is stunning how I get these, too, months after I submit a query.

    They're almost always form rejections, of course, but last Friday I actually got a 'can we see more' letter the other day, from a query I sent 6 months ago, maybe more. It's very clear that agents/publishers only spend a few seconds making a decision about any query (I only send 1 page queries, no samples, anymore), so, assuming they spend 8 hours a week considering samples, they must receive over 1,000 queries a week to fall behind. I assume every once in a while they spend 2 or 3 days in the same week, to catch up.

    My first book had 5 'can we see more' requests before getting accepted, so I guess I have a 20% chance of actually getting an agent for the second book, although taking this long to get any interest means I'm being ridiculously optimistic (the book's on MMOs, a concept unfamiliar to publishers/agents, as near as I can tell, and hence they don't think there's any market).

    Bleh. I'll have to watch your self-publishing thing, but I figure if Stephen King can't be successful with e-books, I don't reckon I can do better.

    There definitely needs to be a better way.

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