Why Agents Don’t Give Reasons with Rejections
“Two Minute Tutorials”
Ohmygosh! Another video! And guess what. I decided to name my video series “Two Minute Tutorials” and wouldn’t you know, today’s video is 3 minutes. C’est la vie, as they say.
So this installment of “
Two Three Minute Tutorials” answers the question, “Why Don’t Agents Give Reasons with their Rejections?”
(I’m trying to get better at this vlogging thing… give me some time. I promise I’ll get better with practice!)
Here’s a recap:
1. We get a LOT of queries and it takes quite a bit of time to go through them.
2. Brief explanations of the reason for a query rejection don’t tend to be helpful, and often bring up more questions than answers.
3. You may think it should be “easy” to dash off a sentence or two to help you understand why your query was rejected. In reality, it can take 5 to 10 minutes or more to compose an explanation that might help you. (5 minutes extra per query… times 100 queries a week… is 8 extra hours per week that I just don’t have.
4. It’s subjective and I’m not the ultimate judge or arbiter of your project. I could be wrong. Someone else may see something in your query that I don’t. Really, all you need to know is that it’s not for me.
One thing I didn’t say in the video is that, when we try to include reasons for our rejections, a certain percentage of writers use that as an opportunity to write back and argue the point. We really don’t need that!
I am really sorry that I can’t give you the answer you want on this. I wish I could help every writer who crosses my path. But I just can’t, so instead, I blog!
Have a good weekend…