If you are a writer who’s serious about getting your next article or book published, then you no doubt have endured some rejections. Ow. That’s a harsh word. Let’s call them “declines” or “no thank you’s.” Or, how about you comment with clever names for the letters and emails we get when an agent, editor or publisher doesn’t want our work.
You’ve probably also grown accustomed to waiting, waiting, waiting for a response. Fortunately, many agents are more lenient now and accept queries that have been sent simultaneously to other agents, making our wait for one to respond less of a time waster.
And boy can time be wasted. I sent a query December 2015 and received a reply July 27, 2016. Here it is:
On behalf of the agents here at Lowenstein Associates, thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider your work. I apologize for the form letter, but the volume of query letters we receive means we cannot send every writer a personal response. Please know that we do give each and every query serious attention.
Unfortunately, we do not feel strongly enough about your project to pursue it further. Agenting is very subjective, however, and even though we could not take on your project, another agent might feel differently.
Please accept our best wishes for success in your writing career.