The second rejection with feedback

The other day I received an email from a literary agency I sent the book to back in January.

I thought that I’d already been rejected from this agency; because I never heard back, and I don’t think I was even supposed to get a response at all.

Well I got a response…


Dear Chelsea,
Thank you for your query but we’re going to decline this at this time. None of our agents are currently considering novellas outside the adult romance genre. The publishing industry is very subjective, so what may not work for us could be just what another agency is looking for. So we encourage you to continue your pursuit of publication.
In your search for the perfect agent you may want to check out Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog. We have found it to be a great resource for finding new agents that are looking to build their lists.
Thank you for considering us for your work and we wish you great success with your writing career.
All the best

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again the best rejections are the rejections where you actually get feedback.

So happy that it wasn’t just another form letter. It makes me feel like I’m actually doing something right.

Now if I could only hear back from that editor.

Oh well at least I got feedback… Here’s to feedback πŸ™‚


21 thoughts on “The second rejection with feedback

  1. Are you being sure to check what genre agencies/publishers are looking for when you’re submitting to them? I only ask because an agency/publisher who’s looking for adult romance — which usually translates to erotic romance — is going to say that on their website, and chances are they’ll specifically say what they aren’t looking for as well. People who send manuscripts in genres that the agency/publisher blatantly isn’t looking for tend to annoy those agents/publishers, and they get form rejections like this one without having their manuscripts read at all.


  2. Hi Chelsea, I hope you hear some good news for a change. I just nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blog Award but I see that you already received it. Congrats anyway. If you want to check out my blog at about the award, please do. Keep your chin up – it will keep you from getting more than one! haha! Keep smiling!
    Best Wishes!


  3. Keep going! Many of the best authors we have were rejected many times. Maeve Binchy said she could have wallpapered her home with the rejection slips. It’s just creativity’s way of guiding you to where you’re ultimately supposed to be.


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