If you read my tweets and my blog, you know I had a fantastic time at this year's Romance Writer's of America. I met an agent who actually invited me to attend a get-together at her offices. You'll know that I met some very successful writers, some with over 100 books under their belt, some whose books were soon to be movies.
She told me to submit my manuscript to her, and allowed me to bypass the usual routine. No query letter, no synopsis, no writing pages within an e-mail. The full manuscript. A once in a lifetime opportunity.
I hoped for a phone call and dreaded an e-mail. I knew an e-mail would not be good news, and I was right.
In a nutshell, she said she did not feel a connection to the book. She said some good things, but it still amounted to the same thing: Thanks, but no thanks. I was devastated. How could I not have had my hopes sky high after our meeting in New York?
This does have a semi-happy ending though. If you've received rejection letters, you know most do not tell you why the query letter and/or pages are being rejected. Usually you get a letter you just know they send to everyone.
After the rejection letter, I wrote back and asked her if she could give it to me straight? I told her this was my first book and if nobody tells me where I'm messing up, how can I change it.
I think she likes me, and really wanted to like the book, but at the end of the day is a business woman. She could have ignored my request for feedback, but she didn't. This great woman sent me two paragraphs detailing what was wrong with the manuscript, and gave her blessing for me to re-submit in 6 months.
I will take her feedback and I will make this book fantastic. I will re-submit, she will sign me, and I will get published. At least this is how I hope it all ultimately plays out.
Wish me luck. I'll keep you posted.