When NOT to open a query letter response

images1. First thing in the morning (because it sets the tone for your day and since rejections by far outweigh “when can we meet and make all your dreams come true?” that is usually a crappy tone for the rest of your day).

2. Before bedtime because the dreams are just sad : (

3. When you’re trying to transcribe a new story (because it’s hard to keep your chin up with all those knocks comin’ at you)

4. If you haven’t eaten all day (because that bag of potato chips has ‘I support you!’ all over it)

Two ‘partials’ leading to two rejections, both very kind, but both no thank yous.

I’m going to go read ALL the blogs I follow this weekend in an effort to get my happy back. Hope you’re all havin’ a better week than me!

Author: Angela Misri

Novelist, Digital Strategist & Journalist http://angelamisri.com

27 thoughts on “When NOT to open a query letter response”

  1. Bummer. Keep trucking. I just read the stat (can’t remember…) about how often Rowling was rejected for Harry Potter. Stunning.

    What does chocolate say? “Who cares about the rest of the world. Lets run away together…”

  2. Eh, to heck with agents and publishers. Do it yourself. I’m doing a local book fair this weekend, there’s gonna be 10-15 of us selling books from tables in a bookstore parking lot. Maybe that’s not how Random House does promotion, but it works for me.

      1. I’m looking at it now (sadly, Missouri is a little far away for me to pop down and attend) but it DOES look like an awesome bookstore! All the best today! I’ll be thinking about you!

  3. So sorry, but you got a humorous post out of it . . . . I hear you on the potato chips, too. That’s my biggest vice.

  4. It’s true and it hurts. Every. Single. Time.

    I kept thinking it was me. It wasn’t me. I suspect, it’s not you either. The publishing industry has changed a lot. They like things neat and predicable – meaning you have to be like everyone else on their list to qualify. They also move books onto the shelf and straight off again, giving no chance for word of mouth to work (so even when you make it, you don’t). Their solution for this problem is to speed things up even more – a total mistake that hurts the whole industry – publishers, writers and readers. It’s crazy!

    On top of that, there is the cover letter. I recently learnt that quite often it is the FIRST sentence of the cover letter that often grabs them. Not the manuscript at all. As writers don’t generally have careers in advertising, where does that leave them?

    After many years of pain and re-writing to try and please, I woke up and I went my way on my own, publishing my work myself thorugh Create Space (through Amazon Books – there is no up front fee and what they charge comes out of sales).

    It was either that or jump off a bridge because no matter what, I cannot follow other writers and write like they do. I write outside the box. I write all my characters with detail, not just the main characters. I put sex and nudity in science fiction (I’ve been told it has no place there – why not?). There’s a million ways I’m “different” from every other writer. Point is, we all are – that’s what makes us writers!

    Don’t let the dastards get you down. And never NEVER stop believing in yourself.

    1. Wow, exactly the pep talk I needed m’Lady, and exactly why I blog and follow other people’s blogs (like yours!). Thank so much for stopping by with the kind words, my friend.

      1. Hi Karmicangel. Thank you for YOUR response. πŸ™‚

        I’m pleased I could help. Seriously, the world has changed. I used to think self-publishing meant vanity-publishing. It does not. It seems to me all the writers who can’t give up and won’t give up have decided to just up and go around ’em (publishers, agents, etc). I wish I’d found out ten years ago – however, I’m a better writer for all that practicing! πŸ™‚

        Thank you for checking out my blog. I’m fairly new at it, but it’s fun – I’ve only just now found your blog and will have fun here exploring. It’s great to find people I can connect with.

        Cheers, you’ll see me again. πŸ˜€

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