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#1 Jonas

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 12:08 PM

After receiving a rejection can you ask for some criticism/critique from the agent? I am sure you won't get any but it isn't a big deal to at least ask? 



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 12:15 PM

Do NOT do that. 

 

If you're sure you won't get a response, what do you imagine the point would be anyway?



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 12:41 PM

Just Curious, I can't see what could hurt. 



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 01:13 PM

Ruining potential relationships, pissing people off, and again, to what end, if you know you're not going to get responses?



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 01:43 PM

Wouldn't they understand? To answer your question-if someone does respond it would be great just to hear an actual agent's opinion, no? 



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 01:50 PM

Wouldn't they understand what?

 

You get their opinion if they reject your query. 



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 01:52 PM

Wouldn't they understand? To answer your question-if someone does respond it would be great just to hear an actual agent's opinion, no? 

 

The short answer is no. Agents receive hundreds of emails a day just like yours. Because of this, and the time consuming nature of reading a query, asking for an opinion puts an additional burden on an already very busy person. So, they tend to only giver personal feedback if they have a vested interest in your book. Or, in other words, why would they give you feedback if they wouldn't potentially make any money off of you?

 

Remember they are a business.



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 02:35 PM

The short answer is no. Agents receive hundreds of emails a day just like yours. Because of this, and the time consuming nature of reading a query, asking for an opinion puts an additional burden on an already very busy person. So, they tend to only giver personal feedback if they have a vested interest in your book. Or, in other words, why would they give you feedback if they wouldn't potentially make any money off of you?

 

Remember they are a business.

 

 

When do you know it has been personalized?



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 03:24 PM

When do you know it has been personalized?

 

Eventually you'll just know. Most form letters are very general like "We read and enjoyed it, but it's not for us/doesn't fit out list/didn't connect enough to represent/liked but didn't love.

 

Whereas a personalized one will be more specific about your book or your writing. They'll say something more about your characters, specific to your writing, or maybe your voice. For instance, for my first book I got the response 'Your world building was amazing, but I didn't feel I could connect to your main characters'. This is something which couldn't be generally sent to anyone, hence it being personalized. 



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:48 PM

I had two extended dialogues with agents.  Ultimately I published a revision that was much inspired by those conversations.  You can do it if they invite you to.



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 05:19 PM

Yes, I agree...don't ask. I did have one agent give me some really good constructive criticism and left the invitation open to send her any more work I might have in the future. It is definitely good to not ruin a potential future open door. Take any input, no matter how small, revise your work and use your head! You'll get there. :)



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 09:45 AM

Jonas, 

Let me just take a step back. Are you asking about a rejection to a QUERY or a rejection to a MANUSCRIPT?

Chloe


Please critique my query, and I will return the favour!

http://agentquerycon...n-bdsm-romance/

 





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