Tag Archives: rejections

“Persistence Pays Off for Peggy Blair”

“‘I’m going to write a novel,’ she said, matter-of-factly. Her daughter Jade rolled her grey eyes the way a 22-year-old can but she should have known not to take her mother’s words lightly. Around Easter 2009, Peggy Blair wrote the … Continue reading

Posted in Getting Published, Media | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Dealing with rejection, Querying, Revisions | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

And yet another agent’s 2010 statistics

These are literary agent Janet Reid’s numbers, dating back only to the summer. She doesn’t give query totals but says she requested 124 full manuscripts. Two got an offer; she referred nine to other agents and two additional candidates for representation found … Continue reading

Posted in Offers of Representation, Querying | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Dealing with rejection, Don't Give Up, Genre, Getting Published | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

The Journey

In light of today’s CBC radio interview  (hard act to follow, a sasquatch) and the extraordinary number of hits my blog is getting as a result, I thought I’d post the full story of my  journey to publication. (This will … Continue reading

Posted in Dealing with rejection, Don't Give Up | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Dealing with Rejection, Part III

As a regular subscriber to the Absolute WriteWater Cooler, I often see posts from aspiring authors who are concerned that months have passed without them hearing anything from the agents they’ve queried. They wonder if they should re-query or contact … Continue reading

Posted in Dealing with rejection | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Dealing with rejection, Part II

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

Posted in Dealing with rejection, Editors, Getting Published, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Rejection letters — you’re not alone

I ran across a blog today that posts rejection letters received by authors over the years. I guarantee it will make you laugh about your own rejections. And make you wonder about the work habits of some literary agents … One … Continue reading

Posted in Dealing with rejection, Getting Published | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments