On her excellent blog, literary agent Rachelle Gardner authored a useful post ‘Why I didn’t say yes to your submission.’
As Ms Gardner points out, most agents try to provide an explanation when they pass on a full manuscript. It’s interesting to read the reasoning from an agent’s perspective.
She likens it to when you are reading a book and you’re unable to put it down, whereas sometimes books are extremely easy to put down, and you even welcome the distraction. Housework, anyone?
We all know this has happened to us – even with books that ‘everybody’ is reading that simply don’t manage to grab us. So why shouldn’t it be the same with literary agents? After all, if they’re not in love with your book, chances are that selling it will be that much harder.
So thanks to agent Rachelle Gardner for letting us know why she might turn down a manuscript, and good luck to you authors out there for finding the agent who’ll fall in love with your work…