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Fast forward twenty years, and I wrote another novel. Then I read a little more about the query process and mailed out twenty letters to literary agents. That time, I got back post cards. Apparently, they had went from returning actual letters in the SASE you provide, to simply sending little form post cards. Today, many of them prefer emails and you only get a form email rejection. They look something like (no, exactly like) this...
I'm sorry but we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time. Thank you for your interest.
Thanks very much for your submission to____________. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can't reply to all, but we do review each one carefully and will be in touch if we'd like to see more material from you.
Many thanks for querying me here, but I’m sorry to say this isn’t quite the right match for my list. I do appreciate your trying me, though, and wish you all the best of luck in finding a good home for this book.
We have received your query and will review it within 4-6 weeks. Due to the high volume of queries we receive, we regret that we can only respond to those in which we are interested.
Thank you for the interest you've expressed in _________representing your work. If you don't hear from us asking to see more of your writing within 30 days after you have sent your email, please know that we have read and considered your submission but determined that it would not be a good fit for us.
More Magazine, Kathryn states that, "after rejection number 40, I started lying to my friends about what I did on the weekends. They were amazed at how many times a person could repaint her apartment."
According to Kathryn, "...I can’t tell you how to succeed. But I can tell you how not to: Give in to the shame of being rejected and put your manuscript—or painting, song, voice, dance moves, [insert passion here]—in the coffin that is your bedside drawer and close it for good. I guarantee you that it won’t take you anywhere."
No worries here Kathryn. I'm still working on that manuscript...still polishing that query letter. And as for my dance moves...well, they're already perfect. I'm a polka prodigy.
Thanks for Reading!