Category Archives: Dealing with rejection

Oh, those Agent Rejection Letters.

When I was pitching THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, it was rejected 156 times before I gave up on querying altogether. Not long afterwards,  it was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger Award in the UK. And not only did I end up being … Continue reading

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The Beggar’s Opera, Early Rejections

I thought I’d post some of the rejections I received for The Beggar’s Opera before it was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award. The first agent I queried asked  for a two week exclusive. At the end of that reading period, … Continue reading

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How many agents should you query before giving up?

I noticed that someone was directed to this blog by this Google search: ‘how many agents should you query before giving up?’ I started this blog with posts about NOT giving up, so I hope that some of the inspirational … Continue reading

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More Famous Rejection Letters

I think my brief post on Famous Rejections got more hits than anything I’ve written since I followed a Sasquatch on a CBC radio interview about my own journey to publication. So here are some more: Jack Kerouac, On the Road … Continue reading

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Famous Rejections

Thought I’d blog today on a just a few of the many famous authors who have had to deal with rejection letters. Lucky for all of us they persisted. (My high school English lit class certainly wouldn’t have been the same … Continue reading

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Another success story under the heading, Never Give Up!

Today’s guest blog is from another AW writer who went through 185 rejections before finding success. She even switched genres! Her genre was initially horror. But, thanks to the feedback she received from an agent, even though he passed on the manuscript, it’s now … Continue reading

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Author websites and blogs

Now here’s an  interesting blog that expresses agents’ views on whether authors should have websites and blogs. Interesting, because their comments are directed at aspiring authors still in the querying process as much as published ones. Most say they check to see … Continue reading

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How many queries should you submit?

I was asked this question frequently this week, after my story circulated in the media. I suppose the answer is, keep going, ‘until you find representation,’ or ‘until you give up.’ I tried the contest route. For me, that worked. If it … Continue reading

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