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Rejection letters & the slush pile


This morning I came across an excellent blog entry about rejection letters from someone who actually goes through slushpiles herself:  http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/004641.html

Enlightening stuff.  I found para 3. The context of rejection, particularly interesting.  It contains a list of 14 possible categories your manuscript will fall into.  I think it applies equally well to short stories.

Teresa makes an interesting point at the bottom of the list:
'...Aspiring writers are forever asking what the odds are that they’ll wind up in category #14 [buy the book]. That’s the wrong question. If you’ve written a book that surprises, amuses, and delights the readers, and gives them a strong incentive to read all the pages in order, your chances are very good indeed. If not, your chances are poor.'

Great advice.  I wonder if we could persuade agents to jot the relevant category number on the top of their query responses.  On second thoughts, do we really want to know?
                                                                                                                                             



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dqg_neal
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
I hate the process of esubmissions to agents. Great that it can happen quickly, but many of them have the policy of not responding if they don't like the query.

It forces me to look at the spam folder regular and wonder whether my filter ate the message. I think it would be more frustrating to me than wondering if the responce got lost by the postal service. *sigh*
jongibbs
Jan. 27th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
And there's always that nagging thought that theirs did the same :(
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