Straight from an Agent: Why Did I Get a No?

Great article for querying writers…


Today we are lucky enough to have Mark Gottlieb, Literary Agent for Trident Media, guest posting on PsychWriter. Before we start I wanted to say how much I appreciate Mark sharing his time and knowledge with us. Seeing as rejection is very much part of the publishing journey for most writers, I thought it would be valuable to have an understanding of the factors that influence the ‘no thank you’s’ we receive – particularly when publishers and agents frequently don’t have the capacity to explain why (like all of us in this ever-changing industry, there’s only so many hours in the day and we all need to focus our time on the parts of our business that makes it sustainable and viable).

So, lets find out what some of the factors influencing the question – ‘Why Did I Get a No?’

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One response to “Straight from an Agent: Why Did I Get a No?

  1. So, are you interested in getting an agent? Or are you shopping your manuscript directly to publishers?
    Also, this article really depressed me because I don’t have a big or solid platform, nor do I have any awards. Which makes me wonder if I should be entering contests instead of writing novels that agents are saying “no thanks” to.
    And the process will begin again with a new genre in a week or two. Holy moley. What the heck am I even doing here?