The first you-know-what letter

The good news is that I am not waiting any longer to hear from my first agent submission. The bad news is their response was a rejection. I have a great and good friend who would say the bad news is “the other good news” because it means something even better is ahead!

I catch up to her attitude only after I’ve thrashed around on the floor like an eel and cursed a few also-ran gods and mourned the hard effort I put in. This is a chance to feel affectionately superior to one who is experiencing that first rejection letter, lying there in the mail box like a hit man, ready to fire the mercy bullet into one’s hope. And you recognize this envelope because you sent it to yourself! You wrote your address, you placed the stamp, you paper-clipped it to the proposal and marketing plan and cover letter over which you labored for months. So you pick it up, you open it because you want to know if they at least took a moment to make it personal (they did), and you read it, and you wonder whether you should keep it.

This agent is actually very successful and well-recommended. His web site suggests many excellent resources and they publish regular blogs which are honest and helpful. His name is Steve Laube, and that is the name of his agency, as well. Try him! He may become your agent, and you would be fortunate if he did.

Writers want their work to be read. We can’t help it, and I’m not sure we should resist that desire (without letting it become a requirement for happiness) because it’s our part in the circle of creativity. There is a relationship between writer and reader that makes each one who they are – writer and reader. But, do readers doubt they are readers if there aren’t any writers? No. Then why do writers doubt they are writers if they don’t have readers? Isn’t it a circle?

Three agents were highly recommended to me. In the next two weeks, I’ll look into the requirements of the next agent, adjust my proposal/marketing plan and cover letter – and resubmit. Okay? Okay.


  1. Ahhhhhhh. Well. You did it. I hugely commend your doing it. You reached out, and the gift you gave was given back. Sting.

    But you allowed yourself a good “gnashing and tearing and writhing and cursing”, and when you came to your senses, you knew it really will be just fine. One has only to look up all the mass numbers of writers who were first rejected to be assured that trying again—-and again—–is part of the process. You believe in yourself because you first believe in God.

    And we believe in you all the way. God knows and God shows you the way. “In Everything Give Thanks.”

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    1. Did you recognize my reference to you? I hope so. Yes, I’ve taken the first step on the yellow brick road, at the end of which I hope an Oz awaits. But if not, the things I learned from Tyler would make wonderful blog posts to a world of parents wondering why their children behave in certain ways, only to discover they do it too in their own ways. And they are learning together.

      Do you think a female agent might be more receptive than a male one? Would “get it” better?


  2. I’ve had plenty of rejection letters, but only one that actually gave any feedback. It went something like “I just didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would”. But, I’m convinced it’s just finding the right agent who “gets” you.


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