Blogger: Wendy Lawton
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about interpreting rejection letters and confusing feedback. You can find that blog here.
I was a writer long before I became an agent. It’s one of the reasons I understand the angst of trying to get published. While poking around in old files on my computer, I came across this little piece I wrote thirteen years ago about rejection letters. I figured you’d understand . . .
Having been the recipient of many an editorial rejection letter, I pretty much consider myself an expert on the genre. My juvenile fiction series sold early this year, leaving me in the enviable position of having to pen several rejection letters of my own. Only another writer can fully appreciate the satisfaction I experienced in drafting the following letter, withdrawing my proposal from simultaneous consideration at three other publishers:
Another fine CBA publisher is interested in acquiring the series that you’ve been considering for [umpteen] months. When submitting my proposal simultaneously, I promised to keep you posted when and if other publishers expressed interest.
I appreciate the time you’ve taken to consider this proposal. I wish I could be more encouraging, but I have limited writing resources and must decline any interest you may still have in this proposal.
Please allow me to encourage you. You have a solid publishing house, and this rejection in no way reflects on that fact. I do hope you’ll continue to consider other writers in the future.
No, I didn’t actually send it, but I certainly relished writing it. As you collect those sometimes too-frequent rejection letters, be sure to study them carefully. In time, you may be called upon to write your own.
So, just for fun, I’d love to see the form rejection letter you long to pen to an agent or editor. Hopefully you’re feeling especially creative. I’ll pick the best and send some great books to the winner.