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Good Morning, is it time to be rejected yet?

April 17, 2008

Yep, there’s nothing like waking up, rushing to work and checking your email to see the familiar subject line sitting in your in box.

RE: Query Letter – ‘Gone’ A Novel By Sam Proof

It’s so stoic and innocent. But I know as a cold mailing it’s 98% rejection waiting to happen. So here goes:

Thank you for your inquiry, however, I don’t feel we are the best agency for your work.  Good luck in your publishing efforts.

The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency

And that’s how it goes. almost all cold queries will be rejected; and I don’t blame them. I’ve been on the other side working for various poetry magazine, getting stacks and stacks of horrible poems. And even if they were horrible, if they didn’t blow me away, catch me at the right moment, instinctively attach to some part of my soul they were done in two lines

So that’s that, I open my spreadsheet program and write down the date and a big old ‘NO’ in the response column and move along.


Watching the Plate Boil

April 2, 2008

Submissions Title Graphic

So it’s been awhile since I sent out about a dozen query letters and today I finally heard back from one of the agencies in yet another standard rejection letter.

Thank you for sending your query. This is an interesting project, but I’m afraid it’s not a good match for us.

Still, I hope you will continue to send this out. If you haven’t done so already, you may wish to look at The Jeff Herman Guide to Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents – there, you should be able to find someone who’s a better fit for your work.

Best of luck with this and future projects.

Pretty much boiler plate, so it’s hard to really feel anything more then “whatever”, time to push on to the next round. Still waiting to hear back from the one agent that requested the first few chapters. I suspect she hasn’t even gotten around to reading them yet.

In other news. Script Frenzy Started:

Ptop Script Frenzy banner

I haven’t had a chance to really write anything yet, and in fact I’m a little torn on exactly what story I want tell. The premise I have, the backdrop rather but it’s finding the characters and the story within that, that I want to tell. I’m feeling somewhat inspired by Cloverfield in which the focus was around these characters that are trapped by this horrible event and unlike the Horrible remake of Godzilla we barely enter that story and just stick with the characters.

So it becomes about learning who my characters are.

Gears are in motion, I really have till Saturday to do my push.
By Saturday I have to start writing something and lock on target the story.

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