I’m not going to lie to you. More often than not I send a rejection letter without even thinking twice. In fact, sometimes I send a rejection with some relief. Relief that there’s one less email for me to attend to.
Last week however the great authors in the universe got revenge on me by handing me two manuscripts that I felt I had to reject, but did so with much regret. Now to be fair, both of these manuscripts had been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time and in both cases I’d read a good chunk, but had put them down for one reason or another.
In the end, the fact that I had put them down and not rushed to get back to them, or thought about them since, was a huge factor in why I decided to reject these works. There were also some other issues/concerns I had with each book, but I don’t need to get into those details here.
Rejecting a book isn’t always easy. There are plenty of times an agent feels that a book needs more work than she’s ready to take on or can clearly see why she wouldn’t be able to sell the book despite the fact that she loved the writing, was riveted by the voice and maybe even finished it well after she knew she was rejecting.
In both of these cases I won’t be at all surprised if some other agent jumps on board and sells the book. Proof that I just wasn’t the right agent for either of them.