Note to All Writers

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Apr 01 2010

I will not return your phone call simply to give you detailed advice of why I rejected your proposal, especially when I have no idea why I rejected your proposal, because I only have a very vague recollection of said proposal at best.

So please stop calling.


22 responses to “Note to All Writers”

  1. Avatar JustineDell says:

    Okay, I'll stop calling. Kidding. Once again, I can't believe people actually do this sort of thing. Geez.


  2. Writers need to stop taking rejection so personally. One rejection means ONE person didn't think they could sell your book.

    Sheesh! It doesn't even mean the agent/editor didn't like it, just that they weren't crazy enough about it to sell it.

  3. Avatar Yvonne says:

    Sure glad you aren't talking to me.

  4. But, I was just calling to get your home address so I could knock on your door and ask you in person during your private time why you rejected me. Is that so wrong?

    Goodness, people, get a life. Like sh*it, rejection happens. A lot. Get over it and move on.

  5. Avatar Steph Damore says:

    Debra, you're too funny.

    Writers, accept the rejection and move on!

  6. Avatar this writer says:

    I never called. I read your rejection, thought it wasn't meant to be between us, and went out and found an agent.

  7. I always find these kinds of posts hilarious. At least these outrageous people make me feel like I have a leg up on the competition πŸ˜‰

  8. Avatar Kate Douglas says:

    Thank you. I really, REALLY needed this this morning! Sheesh…would chocolate help?

  9. Avatar Fawn Neun says:

    I've had first dates like that. At least they're not tapping on your window at 2 am because you were dumb enough to let them know where you live….

  10. Avatar Ms A says:

    If I've reworked my query letter to the point where it is now an entirely different letter with much better substance, can I resend it?

    I don't want to fall into the camp of those people who just don't get it, but I really like you as an agent and would love it if I could give it another swing.

    I promise I'll take a second rejection at face value(should that be the case). If it makes it any more appealing, version two of my letter has already gotten a few responses from real live agents asking for pages.

  11. Well, it is April Fool's day. You have to expect to hear from a few fools. πŸ˜‰


    Ms A
    She rejected your book, not your query letter. If the query has been rewritten but the book has not, then you're probably wasting her time re-sending the query.

    I'm smiling though, because I know exactly how you feel. We all get that impulse to re-try our dream agents. Best of luck in your querying. πŸ™‚

  12. Does this mean you won't give personal critiques to all 9 Bazillion queries you get each week?

  13. It never ceases to amaze me what people out there in queryland will actually do! And I'm your basic newbie at this- still querying myself. Wow.

    Ms. A- don't fret and congrats on the nibbles for your pages. I was in this exact same boat a few months ago, and it *is* disappointing when someone that you respect and admire declines. In my humble experience, the earlier poster who said that unless you've re-worked your MS, you probably won't get far is dead-on. I re-queried and still got a no, thanks. Doesn't mean it will happen to you, of course, but other sgents have since expressed interest. So keep working πŸ™‚

    Nice to see I share that boat with a fellow writer!

  14. That would be querying, myself…

    If I queried myself, do you think I'd get any better results?! πŸ˜‰

    Oh, it's the end of the week!

  15. I keep getting collect calls from the county jail. I'll trade you, Jessica.

  16. But what if we whine a lot? Whining helps, right? C'mmmmmoooooonnnnnn. Ah, c'mon!

  17. Avatar Stephanie says:

    Wow!! I can't believe writers actually call you!!! Yikes! That takes a lot of brass….and I don't mean that in a good way!

  18. Avatar Anonymous says:

    I guess I'm the lone person to disagree with the commenters, but I found your post to be extremely condescending and needlessly snappy. I've read you faithfully for over a year now and it just made me think, wow, this agent is not a nice lady. And for the record, no, I have never dared to call an agent. Pity anyone who makes that mistake!

  19. Oh, no, they didn't.

    How can people be so DUMB?? My condolences, not just to you, but to ALL agents and editors who have to endure this.

  20. And a Happy April Fool's Day to you, too, Jessica. πŸ™‚

  21. Avatar Anonymous says:

    I don't think I would want to have representation from this agent. Her posts always sound as if she's on her period.

  22. Wow! People actually do that? *mindboggle*