If you’ve been querying a novel for any length of time than you’re probably quite familiar with the form rejection. A quick, polite, but impersonal ‘not for us’. I understand the reason for these rejection forms, and I’m actually thankful for them because they’re a lot better than no answer at all. However, the other day I heard back from an agent and, while it was still a rejection, it was a personalized rejection. Nothing fancy but the agent wrote that ‘the story was interesting’. Sure, I’d definitely prefer an enthusiastic demand for the full manuscript but after weeks of form letters this scrap of encouragement made me ridiculously grateful.
This is a shout out to the agents who take the time out of their work to send us a personalized reply. Your encouragement means the world to a struggling writer.