Why I Do What I Do

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Aug 30 2011

I just wanted to thank you. A while back, you had a post about querying agents at the same agency. Previously, this was something I would never have considered doing, but after reading your post, I decided to take my chances and send to an agent I felt might be interested in my novel in spite of the fact that another agent there had already rejected me.

Well, I received a request for the full manuscript almost immediately, and I recently signed with said agent. I never would have queried him had I not read your blog post, and I would have lost an amazing opportunity in the process. Thank you for your post and for giving me the courage to take a chance.


17 responses to “Why I Do What I Do”

  1. Avatar Sara says:

    YAY!! That is so awesome!! I'm so happy for the newly signed author AND I'm also happy she/he took the time to share their appreciation and thanks.
    It's important (and sometimes too easy to overlook) to take the time to send positive feedback and thanks and not just criticism. (Note: I think this applies everywhere!)
    We *do* appreciate your advice and guidance!:)

  2. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Congrats to the author.

  3. Fantastic! I always say, "follow your gut." As a writer, you have nothing to lose if you (professionally and courteously!!) pursue an agent you think might be just right for you.

  4. Avatar Joyce says:

    What great news! Congratulations, Author.

  5. Avatar Doug Eakin says:

    One of the reasons I always read this blog is the information gleened. One of the most informative posts. Good luck to the author on her journey.

  6. Avatar lynnrush says:

    Awesome!!!!!! Love reading this kind of stuff!

  7. Avatar Robena Grant says:

    And that is a heartwarming story….

  8. Congratulations to both you and the author! Great news all round, and thank you for sharing it.

  9. Avatar BW says:

    YAY!!!! I like happy stories.

  10. Avatar Kate Douglas says:

    Notes like this have got to make you feel pretty darned good, Jessica! You go girl!

    And congrats to the author who has taken a huge step in taking control of her career. Good news all around.

  11. Avatar Eliza Tilton says:

    that's awesome : )

  12. That's sooo very awesome! yay!!

  13. Avatar Jen Estes says:

    What a great letter to receive. I bet just one of these can tip the scales to a hundred post-rejection tirades.

  14. Congrats to this author!

  15. Avatar Beth says:

    I love hearing stories like this! Congratulations to the author!

  16. There are some agencies which specifically state in their submissions to not re-query within the agency if you were rejected (of course the one I am thinking of is the same agency that said if you haven't heard back in X amount of months, "assume" you've been rejected).

  17. That makes it all worth it.