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Today I'd like to talk about positive rejections.
Yes. I received a positive rejection from an agent last week for my novella, Silent Beauty. Because I'm a little bit crazy, I queried two agents for my novella. Just two. Yes, that makes no sense and yeah, probably not my best idea. It was a "on a whim" thing. One is a new agent, the other is my dream agent. I didn't expect much. After six weeks passed, I sent a little nudge on Twitter to see what date the agent had responded through. She was very kind and my query had been missed! I sent it again and she gave me a personal response instead of a form rejection. (The other agent I know it backlogged and I'm patient.)
The agent mentioned how much she loved Silent Beauty's pitch and premise, also the writing was very strong. But she wasn't looking for novellas at the time. She said if I ever decided to strengthen the novella with a longer word count to query her again. So, it's a yes and a no. But mostly a no.
I’m actually really excited about this rejection! I didn’t just see the “No”. I see that my novella has a great premise and pitch and strong writing. That makes it a very positive experience for me. :) I know I’m on the right track. I don’t know if I’m going to lengthen my novella or find another place for it, but I do know the writing is strong and that makes me very happy.
Have you ever had a rejection that wasn’t completely a no? I know most rejections I’ve received are a form, but I do appreciate this agent sending a personal response. Have faith to everyone in the query trenches! Keep putting yourself out there!