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  1. Jessica_312

    Jessica_312 Contributing Member

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    My First Rejection

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Jessica_312, May 21, 2011.

    From an agency... here's the meat of the letter: "Though I was intrigued by your premise, I found the writing lacked the line-by-line tension necessary to keep me glued to every page."

    Ouch.... stings a bit, but I'm recovering. I had heard ex post facto that this agent is not a fan of prologues, which is what my first five pages entailed. I also may have been guilty of a bit of info dump, so I'm going back to the drawing board to rework.
     
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    That sounds like a great rejection letter. He read your piece and thought it was worth a personal comment, mostly positive, too.
     
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    Hi,

    I agree, congratulations. Most of my rejection letters were pro-forma pieces without any sort of critique at all. Believe it or not, you're doing well.

    By the way, keep it. At some point when you hit it big, you might want to take it out and have a little laugh. I have a draw full of mine - still waiting!

    Cheers.
     
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  4. StrangerWithNoName

    StrangerWithNoName Longobard duke

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    Quoting Enzo Ferrari, a promising failure.
     
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  5. Lord Malum

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    Why do we fall? Congrats on the rejection! You've put your foot in the door. Expect a million more throughout your career.
     
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  6. EdFromNY

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    Now, look for ways to apply that advice while staying true to yourself as a writer. Good luck.
     
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  7. teacherayala

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    Great job that you even have something that you felt was put together enough to submit, and I agree that it's nice to have the insight from the rejection letter to know how to improve it. :)

    Keep going! You can do this!
     
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  8. AJSmith

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    Wow, congrats! I can't wait to be at the point that you are, and I hope that I get such specific rejections.
     
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  9. Jessica_312

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    Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement! I just sent out another round of queries this weekend (with my revised first pages), and I am keeping my fingers crossed :D
     

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