If you’ve ever wondered what a rejection letter/email looks like from an authors’ agent, here’s an example:


Dear Dimorphism,

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to consider your work. We are afraid that, despite its qualities, we do not feel sufficiently enthusiastic to offer to represent you.

We apologise for the impersonal nature of this email and regret that we cannot enter into correspondence about your work.

We wish you all the best in finding representation elsewhere.


Wouldn't it be nice if they said a few things about the work? "We loved your style of narrative writing but the dialogue needs some work." or "Not long enough" or "Your vocab is too limited" or something to help improve the work.

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5 Responses to Rejection

  1. SusanW says:

    How wonderful!! Your first rejection – it’s like your first words, a moment never forgotten…

    Was it Douglas Adams who talked about extensively reworking an idea, whereupon he started getting “rejections of an altogether more thoughtful nature”? Long way to go yet!

    • dimorphism says:

      I’m going to set aside a trunk to keep them all in so that one day, when my fame is legend, I can wrote back to them all and berate them for their poor choices! 🙂

    • dimorphism says:

      🙂 Actually, I’ve had three this time around. Last time I submitted, about 12 years ago, I got about eight I think, but looking back over that first draft, it’s easy to see why. It really was rubbish. This time around it’s not rubbish, it’s not Pulitzer Prize winning either! A lot more work to go. Better press on. Partway through chapter 18 and then only two more to go.

  2. TinaCortina says:

    Stick at it! You only need one and then later you will be able to send them a note that reminds them they had the chance to sign the next ….Beatles, JKRowling, etc etc….

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