Friday, 21 May 2010
Recently I came across this helpful hint on a parking ticket dispenser in Islington:
If inoperative you may use another machine, if one is available
Something about this reminded me of literary agents, and the things they say when they are trying to be encouraging while rejecting your novel. On this blog I generally avoid the subject of agents, especially anything critical - after all, I'd like one of my very own, so it makes no sense to snipe at them. But today I am sharing with you a few quotes from various rejections for Heart of Rock, and you'll see why I'm a little discouraged as I get on with my third wave of submissions.
I have to admit to liking your writing, however... : oh, all right, then.
I think you write brilliantly. Unfortunately I'm not convinced a publisher will buy it: this might make a lesser woman want to give up.
Books about rock stars are notoriously difficult to sell: I bet you didn't know that either.
We both found it well-written and compelling, but regret to say it is simply not the sort of thing we are looking for at the moment: *sniff*
I think you are a terrific writer and if you decide to write anything else, I would love to see it: a crumb of hope, I guess. Press on with book number 4.
You might like to try other agencies for a different response from ours: Now there's an idea. I'll just go and do that, then.
Posted by Lexi at Friday, May 21, 2010