Flattering rejection letters

Created over 3 years ago by Bryn Hagan with 5 comments
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Self G. R. Paskoff · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 1 like
Absolutely they mean it! Agents and publishers receive so much slush these days that they are certainly not going to say "send me more of your stuff" unless they definitely saw something in your writing style that drew them in. I agree with Nitte, be sure to state in your query letter that they asked to see more of your material because they may not remember or recognize (or even make it to the bottom to see) your name if you don’t tweak their memory.     
Dead dog screen size Erin Butler · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 2 likes
The best response I’ve had so far was for a play:
"Good dialogue, but stop writing for television!"

I’m not sure what he meant by that, but I’ll take the compliment!

Lxftacps Brian Marsden · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 3 likes
If I get a response letter I’m at least a little happy. Even with the form letters. Because so many don’t even respond. But if they sent a response AND said something nice in the rejection letter, especially that they’d like to see future stuff, SEND THEM SOMETHING. And in the letter mention something about them having said they’d like to see more.

I can’t speak for them but I know here there are several things I’ve read that are good well written stories, but just not the kind of stuff I read. I’ll like them and follow them, but I’m hesitant to pre-order because I know I’d probly never finish reading it. And that is sort of what that kind of a rejection letter is.

Look at it as the publisher said, "Not my kind of story, but I like your style. What else have you got?" And by all means, show them what else you’ve got.
1909219 502696633173711 1380711121 o Jesse West · Reader · edited about 3 years ago · 2 likes

I’ve had at least a dozen letters from publishers and countless from agents. They all usually revolve around the same thing:

’I appreciate you seeking to work with me but it is unfortunate that at this time, I must say I can not invest the time needed to assist you in your endeavor. I wish you luck in the future.’

Not 100% a direct response but paraphrased and summed up by the average responses I received. It sucked when all I had was a collection of short stories on a website and one self-published book. I’m hoping this site bears better fruit.

Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 2 likes
Over 12 or so years, 2 published books, and 2 more in the works, I’ve had nearly 200 rejections from publishers and agents, and I can count on one hand how many have actually complimented me ie 3. In fact they were very flattering about my writing, which was encouraging, and they said they would be willing to look at further work of mine.

So, the question is, do they mean what they say? I’ve heard it said that agents/publishers don’t waste time with nice comments about writing if they don’t mean it. So I’m curious what you guys think.