The Trade Tuesday: The Other Reasons for Rejection

Getting rejection letters is never fun. Rejection letters sting. They make you wonder if you're ever going to get your book published, but have you ever wondered if you get some for reasons that have nothing to do with your book or you?

Think about it. Agents and acquisition editors are people. They're busy people. Doesn't it stand to reason that at times they send rejection letters simply because they don't want to read through another whole book? That sounds bad, but I know that as an agent I send rejection letters at times simply because I'm busy and don't want to spend hours reading a book with which I'm not insanely in love. To be honest, I think that many agents and acquistion editors do the same thing, mainly because many, many of them are much busier than I am.

Agents and acquistion editors are bound by their committments. Personally, if I know that I'm going to take someone on in a couple weeks, I'm not going to be overly inclined to read other books. It's the same thing with acquistions editors. If an editor already has all of the books she needs for spring, she's going to be working very hard on getting them published and is likely to focus more on her current committments than the possibility of taking on even more.

Keep in mind that not all rejections are because of you or your books. Almost never are rejections attacks. Remember the other factors that may go into someone sending a rejection letter.