I got an e-mail today from a writer I had just rejected. She thanked me for my letter and asked if I would be willing to take a look at her WIP (work in progress), and I was thrilled.
With the increase in form letters, my biggest fear is that I’ll see a decrease in resubmissions. I know I’ve said this before, but a number of my clients were previously rejected, and because of that I know firsthand that a rejection means nothing. Unless I tell you that what you’re writing does not fit the type of books BookEnds represents, then there’s no reason you shouldn’t keep trying, just like there’s no reason I won’t keep trying to sell the work of my clients.
So if you meet an agent, or read her Web site, and truly feel that the two of you would be a good fit, don’t hesitate to continue submitting to her. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should put all your eggs in one basket. Obviously you should also be submitting to other agents. Since you never know when your next book or idea will suddenly be the perfect fit, it never hurts to keep trying.