A very timely post for me, seeing that I am currently swimming in a mire of ‘good writing, well drawn characters, not for me’ type responses… Onwards and upwards, or so they say!
You’ve heard ‘agents are extremely selective’ and all the other catch-phrases we use to express why we cannot take on you as an author. We mean what we say. But, even if your work is good, great even, we have to pass and here’s why:
- The industry is competitive so new authors have be able to break out of the pack.
- The industry is saturated in many markets like YA and women’s fiction so new authors have to be very unique with fresh concepts and fabulous writing that can hook readers.
- We have a client working on something similar so we can’t take on a new work in that space as it’s not fair to our first priorities: our clients.
- We like it very much, but we don’t love it. This is a very fine line, admittedly. It’s hard for writers to hear that an agent likes it very much…
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