Late last night, before I was about to fall asleep, I decided to check my email. I don’t know what prompted me to do it. It wasn’t like I was planning on writing anyone. But for some reason, I opened my account, and was hit with a rush of butterflies when I noticed a reply to one of my queries.
“Please let it be another Yes!” I silently pleaded as I clicked on the email. I was still waiting to hear back from the agency that requested some of my chapters two weeks ago as well as the fifteen or so other agencies I queried a week earlier.
When I read the first few words, “Thanks for your query,” I had a sneaking suspicion that this was going to be another rejection. I don’t know if it was the lack of positive punctuation at the end of the sentence or the fact that it stood alone under the greeting, but a little voice inside of me started preparing me for another no.
As I read on, my suspicions proved correct. The agent politely stated that her agency represented many fiction writers and that she was not passionate enough about the premise of novel to be the right person to represent it.
All right, I guess you can’t judge a book by its cover, but you obviously can judge one by its query. That’s all right with me. You can’t win over everyone, even the most successful New York agent. But success isn’t everything. I’ll go for passion over success every day and hold out for the agent who is as passionate about my story as I am.