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August 29, 2018

The form letter rejection pace is picking up:



Dear Ms. Stewart,


Thank you for your email. I appreciate the opportunity to consider your work for possible representation, but I’m afraid I’ve decided to pass. 


Please do not be discouraged as many best-sellers have been passed on numerous times prior to being successfully published. I wish you the best of luck finding an enthusiastic agent and publisher for your work.



Fearful and Unenthusiastic Passer*



(No salutation on this one.)


Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to read your submission.

Unfortunately, after careful review, I have decided to pass on this project. Please remember that this industry is incredibly subjective, and there are many agencies with many different interests. It is for this reason that I strongly encourage you to keep submitting elsewhere in the hopes of finding an agent who will be an enthusiastic champion for you and your work.

I wish you all the best of luck and success with your writing career.


Subjective Passer*



Dear Cynthia:


Thank you so much for thinking of Not Your Literary Agency* for your query. We wish we could offer a more personalized response but on average, we receive 500+ email query letters a week. Do know that every query letter and sample are read and even though your project is not right for us, it might be right for another agent so don’t give up! We are also sorry to have no agent recommendations to offer.


Good luck with all your publishing endeavors. 



Sorry Wisher*



Dear CM Stewart:


Thank you for your interest in the Very Small, Sincerely Apologetic, and WishfulMove On Please Literary Agency*.


We have reviewed the information regarding your project, and after careful consideration, we do not feel our agency is the right home for your project.


We recommend you consult The Literary Market Place ( or Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2017 to find additional agents to query.


We wish you every success in placing your work with an excellent publisher.



The Very Small, Sincerely Apologetic, and Wishful Move On Please Agency*


P.S. We sincerely apologize for the form letter and wish we had more time to address each author individually and provide useful feedback, but we are a very small operation and do not have the time and resources available to do so.




*Names changed at my prerogative.

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