Wow, I did not expect such a response to today’s post about rejection letters. Hmm, I wonder why writers are interested in this topic? 😉

I’ll spend some time mulling your comments, suggestions and questions, and will probably write a follow-up post next week. Meanwhile, thanks for your comments. This really helps me understand what it’s like to be YOU.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Lenore Buth at on April 23, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    >Nobody likes getting a rejection letter. But yours provide a refreshing change from the standard form letter.

    I read that sampling you gave on your previous blog and was struck by your thoughtful comments. Several times you offered specific ways to make a manuscript more salable.

    Kudos to you, Rachelle. Thanks for caring and for taking time.

  2. kdrausin on April 22, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    >Speaking as a writer and a teacher, I think a little encouragement goes a long way.

  3. Marjory Bancroft on April 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    >I want to thank you for taking the time to write these comments and also to share them.

    As someone who eventually got a YA agent, I can tell you that I got a lot of comments like this along the way from agents, and EVERY SINGLE COMMENT helped me along.

    I know it takes time and that you risk incurring a conversation, but believe me, as writers we desperately need the feedback. And if we can’t take it–we’re not ready to be published. That simple.


  4. kat harris on April 21, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    >You know how you mentioned giving up blogging for awhile the other day?

    Um, yeah, well judging by the responses you received today, a decision to do something like that just may result in an online riot.


  5. Kim Kasch on April 21, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    >101 comments and climbing – that’s gotta be a record.