Thursday, September 17, 2009

Did I just read that?

Sent from a friend, Andrew Cannon, a writer who is shopping a novel to agents right now, from a form-letter rejection he received:

"I'm sorry, but I am probably not the right agent for this work."

Andrew says:
"There's no "probably" about it. If you don't want to represent my book, then you're DEFINITELY not the right agent for the work."

I agree. "Probably" doesn't soften the rejection, it just weakens it. Either you ARE or you AREN'T the right agent for the work. There's no need to make yourself look wimpy or indecisive in order to not hurt a writer's feelings. It's a REJECTION after all--the writer isn't going to be happy even if you say "probably."

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