I’m feeling rejected. In fact, I’ve been rejected, again and again. So I thought I’d write about it. I’ve been submitting queries for Wandering Time to literary agents (a few times a week) and either getting no response, a form rejection letter, or, most rewarding, a personal, even encouraging rejection letter such as the one from Jennifer Lyons which said the book was “interesting and well conceived” though “not right for this agency”.
One of the more challenging aspects of being a literary agent is dealing with the incredible deluge of submissions that pour in every single day, twenty four hours a day, from all corners of the globe and for every type of project imaginable. I don’t keep precise stats on the number I receive (it’s hard enough just to answer them all), but in any given year I receive somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 query letters from aspiring authors. Out of those tens of thousands I reject all but a tiny handful of them and take on perhaps three to five clients a year.
So what are the odds? Winning the lottery almost seems more likely. (Maybe I should start buying tickets). I know the current upheaval in the publishing industry with the state of the economy and the rise of e-books isn’t making it easier. But for now, I’ll keep on sending out those queries and hope that one reaches the agent and editor who fall in love with the book