Nothing’ll bring you down out of your writerly laurels than a rejection. I have received my first for the New Year. Welcome to 2010!
In all fairness, it was a very kind rejection–which I get a lot of, and that makes me happy. You know, nice personal notes etc. They say that’s how you know you’re on the right track, right?
However, I can’t help but think of eHarmony.com–that dating site–when I read the rejection notes. Stuff like: Strong story, but not for me. Strong writing, but not for me. After careful consideration, not for me. Not for me, not for me, not for me. I’m the close, but not-good-enough relationship. A fling! But not the one they want to settle down with. Perhaps if agents and writers had a 26-trait compatability test this would happen less often?
It makes me want to start an agent/writer dating site of sorts.
Writers could post something like:
Strong story about a woman discovering the truth of her fiance’s questionable past seeking representation from reputable agent with strong sales background and a good editorial hand. Form rejections are discouraged, but understandable.
A fixer-upper of a novel seeking representation from an agent with time to spare for a desperate writer needing attention from any agent/warm body who’ll pay attention–preferably one who wants to be a writer him/herself because his/her edits will be the only ones made to the manuscript. Rejections may result in stalking.
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.