Dealing with rejection, Part II

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” –Marilyn Vos Savant

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2 Responses to Dealing with rejection, Part II

  1. Noel says:

    Hi Peggy!

    I’ve noticed that during your query process you mentioned agents reading/rejecting/commenting on your manuscript. This confuses me. I’m in the middle of querying for my latest novel and I’ve been sending dozens query letters to agents by snail mail and email. All the agents state that they don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. My question is – did you send in your manuscript after sending a query letter first and then the agent specifically requested the manuscript? Or did you just send your manuscript without having previous communication with the agent?



    • Peggy Blair says:

      Hello Noel,

      I always complied with whatever the guidelines were on an agency’s website. Sometimes that was a query letter plus five pages, or the first chapter, or three chapters and a synopsis, and sometimes, in those cases, I got feedback. Don Maass, for eg., asks for the first five pages, which he believes is enough to establish whether the manuscript is worth reading or not; he was kind enough to provide me with feedback based on those alone. Cheers, Peggy


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