Rejection is never easy. It’s not easy to give it. It’s not easy to receive it. (Although I’m pretty sure it’s harder to receive it. But das jus me.)
That said, is it possible that some rejection is better than others? Have you ever received a rejection that made you feel a little less rejected ?
Down below I have ten rejections that encompass pretty much every style I’ve ever received. Which one would you rather have in your inbox? Is less more? Or do you like when the agent apologizes and reassures you about your aptitudes? Up to you to decide!
1. Thank you very much for your query, which we have read with interest. Unfortunately, the project does not seem right for this agency, and we are sorry that we cannot offer to serve as your literary agent. We also apologize for the form rejection. The sheer number of queries we receive prevents personalization in order for us to respond in a timely fashion. We wish you all the best in finding more suitable representation, encourage you to query widely, and thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider your work.
2. Thanks so much for your query. Unfortunately, though, I don't believe I'd be the right agent for your work. I wish you much success.
3. Thank you for your recent query letter and your interest in Redacted. We are always eager to hear from writers who are serious about the business of writing; unfortunately, we do not feel that Redacted is the right company to represent your work. We have to be very selective of what we choose to represent, and all of our decisions are based on a frank assessment of the current needs of the literary and film markets. The fact that this work doesn’t fit our narrow criteria for representation does not mean it couldn’t find a home elsewhere. We urge you to submit your work to other agencies or management companies that may be more suited to this type of material.
4. Thank you for submitting your work to Redacted. Unfortunately, your manuscript isn't a good fit for us. Best of luck with other agencies.
5. Thank you for thinking of me in connection with your writing. I don't feel that I would be the best person to work with you on this project, but I do wish you all good luck placing it in the right hands.
6. I have received your query. After careful evaluation, I have decided that I am not the right agent to represent your work. I'm sure another agent will feel quite differently about your material though. Thank you for considering our agency. I wish you the best of luck finding representation.
7. Thank you for your submission to Redacted. Unfortunately, we are taking on very few new clients and we did not feel your manuscript was something we would be able to successfully market at this time. Agents often have very different opinions, however, and we wish you the best of luck in your search for representation. Please be assured that every manuscript is reviewed by at least one member of our staff but due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we cannot offer individual comments on your manuscript. I am sorry to give you this disappointing news and should stress that this is just my opinion and others may view your work very differently. I wish you every success with your writing.
8. Thank you for your submission to Redacted. We read your query and have come to the conclusion that it is not something we wish to pursue at this time. Best of luck with your writing career.
9. Thank you for letting me see this. I’m sorry to say that I don’t feel it is going to be one for me. The market is very tough at the moment and I can only take on new writers whom I truly believe I can place successfully. Your work has some nice points, but sadly I don’t feel quite the level of conviction that I need. Wishing you all the best with your writing career.
10. I'm sorry, but I am probably not the right agent for this work. I wish you the best of luck with the project.
As for me, after all the rejections I’ve received, I much prefer #10. --it’s a rejection so whether it’s a quick one sentence reject or a two paragraph reject, the outcome is the same, so just rip it off like a bandaid! The worst is probably #7 which basically refers to your work as unmarketable. Strangle me now.
What do you think?