Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be writers

It’s been awhile since I posted a rejection letter, and I’m feeling pretty good today—just got a glimpse of the second piece made by an artist inspired by Scourge of the Righteous Haddock, and I’ve recovered from what I originally thought was a brain aneurysm, but just turned out to be a brutal migraine from staring at my screen for too long while editing—so I figured I’d better remedy that oversight, lest someone get the impression that I’m getting too big for my author britches (editing sweatpants). Again, these rejection letters are all highly civilized and inoffensive (better to be rejected than ignored):

Dear Ms. Schwellenbach,

I have received and reviewed your query for your manuscript. I greatly appreciate you sending your ideas to us for consideration. However, because of the number of submissions our agency receives, we often are not able to take on clients who merit publication. While I believe that your ideas might have market appeal, I am not convinced that we could represent it successfully at this time.

Thank you for considering Serendipity Literary Agency. I wish you the best of luck in all your future writing endeavors!

Ayanna Coleman

Associate Agent

Serendipity Literary Agency


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