Friday, January 28, 2011

Query Letter Rejections

Rejection SUCKS makes us stronger.

Here's your link for the day: I love Mary Kole's blog. :)

In addition to the link above, you can click on the tag "rejection" on Mary's side bar and read a lot of great posts on the topic.

So, in theory, "personalized" rejections are a good sign. I get that. Intellectually. However, emotionally, those personalized rejections are agonizing because it feels like... oh... so close... but not quite...

I've been getting a lot of those personalized rejections lately. Which, don't get me wrong here, I am very grateful to be moving up the query ladder, and I am especially grateful for ANY response at all, but sitting on this precipice is making me dizzy.

How's your query process going for you? Are you getting more responses addressed "Dear Author" or are you getting some personalized responses?


  1. Oh,Margo... I feel your pain. It just sucks, but we have to keep barreling full steam ahead. I've received two personalized rejections that said there was nothing wrong with my story, the writing was good, but they just didn't "love" it.

    Ho hum. I suppose in this business if they don't love it, they won't be able to sell it. But sheesh it sure is hard finding that one agent who really gets you, ya know??? Let me know when you find him/her! And don't give up! We're all in this together!

  2. I just gave up querying my last ms and started another one.

  3. Querying is so hard. It will be worth it some day though ;)

  4. Just keep at it. I feel like I've been on that cusp for awhile too. 'This time is it'. Noooo! lol

  5. Haha, I SO had to laugh at your cross-out. LOL I've gotten a few personalized rejections, yes, and I know how you feel--being so close yet not quiiiiite there. Hang in there! You're bound to cross that wonderful line soon. :)

  6. Thanks for all of the great comments! I did receive a request for a partial yesterday... *fingers crossed*