View Full Version : A Pat Rejection?

Elaine Margarett
06-18-2013, 04:31 AM
I just heard back on one of my fulls that I have out. The agent I queried said it was very well written (heard that one before) but that he felt I would be better served by an agent who specializes in mystery.

Thing is, on his agency's website he says he reps mystery (otherwise I wouldn't have queried him) and he asked for the full based on two chapters and a synopsis.

Is this more form-speak? It's a new one on me.

06-18-2013, 05:42 AM
It sounds like a form rejection to me.

(Even if it isn't, I don't think anything useful can be gleaned from it...:) )

Drachen Jager
06-18-2013, 05:45 AM
He probably has a half-dozen forms and picked the wrong one by accident.

Elaine Margarett
06-18-2013, 06:59 AM
It sounds like a form rejection to me.


That's what I was thinking, kind of a variation of, "It's not you it's me..." <g>

06-18-2013, 07:19 AM
I have run into aspirational lists of genres repped before too, ones not borne out by significant (or any) sales in the genre. I wonder if some agents think "I'd love to rep a good mystery/fantasy/biography someday" and just never find one they get into.

Chasing the Horizon
06-18-2013, 08:15 AM
I think trying to guess what agents really meant in rejections or whether it's a form is a waste of energy.

Last time I got a rejection with that particular wording (well, saying they didn't rep fantasy) it was my mistake, though. I'd queried the wrong agent at the agency >.<

06-18-2013, 07:38 PM
It just means, "No, I can't sell this novel."