Update: Yesterday I only wrote 1200 words, but better than nothing! Hopefully I can keep this up until I've got the entire first half re-written.
I know I've posted about it before, but there's been some discussion at agent blogs and other places on the net about rejection letters and the way some people respond to them. Unfortunately many agencies now have the policy of no response means no. This really annoys me. I mean seriously, how do I know my email just didn't end up in the spam filter? Ok, I'm sure a lot of agents wish a majority of query letters would go to the spam filter, but for all the unprepared, ill-researched, egotistical query letters, there are those of us who have done our homework, are perfectly serious, and possibly have something worth reading.
It's certainly not getting any easier to attract an agent's attention, and those who feel the need to write abusive emails back to a rejection are just making it harder. Even a generic response is enough to elicit venom from writers these days. Partly, I can understand. I've felt the frustration, I've contemplated throwing my computer out the window. I've had the urge to scream "WHY? WHY? WHY?" I've even had to fight the temptation of emailing an agent and asking to please elaborate on why if they liked the idea, what was wrong with the actual manuscript.
I just keep reminding myself that this is how the industry works. It's my choice to pursue this career path and as a result I need to follow the rules. I keep being told by published writers that persistence is the key. Well, I've got all the persistence in the world. It could probably be redefined as stubbornness (as I mentioned the other day).
It's just unfortunate that the few who feel the need to tell an agent what an idiot they are for rejecting the next New York Times best-seller are having such an impact on the rest of us.
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