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Pisco Sour
05-02-2017, 10:38 PM
During a recent Twitter pitching contest three of the agents who favourited my pitch turned out to be people who rejected another book of mine on the basis of 'not connecting with' my voice. My voice is my voice, and this new book is in the same vein, so should I not bother to query them? I mean, if they don't like my voice they don't like it, right? I'd be wasting their time...yes? I'm tempted to query them anyway, but then I feel like it would be pointless.

Netz
05-02-2017, 10:48 PM
Did they reject your previous book after requesting a partial/full, or was it at the query stage? Was it specific, personal feedback or a form letter? Maybe they just didn't connect with that particular novel, but this one appeals more (hey, they liked your Twitter pitch, after all).

I'd say send it anyway. They favourited your pitch, so they're expecting/hoping to see you query them - let them decide whether you've wasted their time or not. :)

Sage
05-02-2017, 10:54 PM
Your voice is your voice, but your characters' voices aren't all the same, right? Unless you're writing omniscient, I would expect them to differ based on the character. When an agent is talking about the voice of the novel, they're talking the voice of the narrator.

Pisco Sour
05-02-2017, 11:10 PM
Did they reject your previous book after requesting a partial/full, or was it at the query stage? Was it specific, personal feedback or a form letter? Maybe they just didn't connect with that particular novel, but this one appeals more (hey, they liked your Twitter pitch, after all).

I'd say send it anyway. They favourited your pitch, so they're expecting/hoping to see you query them - let them decide whether you've wasted their time or not. :)

I looked it up on my notes from last year. Two of them rejected on first 50 pages; the other was on the full. Thanks for you thoughts.

Cyia
05-02-2017, 11:12 PM
Unless you have another agent at the same agencies you'd rather query, then send the queries to the agents from Twitter. It's been a year. They might connect better with your new material, and it's not unheard of for writers to land agents who have previously rejected them.

Pisco Sour
05-02-2017, 11:21 PM
Your voice is your voice, but your characters' voices aren't all the same, right? Unless you're writing omniscient, I would expect them to differ based on the character. When an agent is talking about the voice of the novel, they're talking the voice of the narrator.

My characters' voices aren't all the same. :) However, the novel I sent off last year was written in 1st person POV, same as this one. Both MC's are teenage girls. They use different vocab, but my style, tone, and voice is my style, tone and voice, know what I mean? So I do think my narrator's voice is quite similar, in both books, even if one girl is a Latina and the other is from the UK. If that makes sense.

Earthling
05-02-2017, 11:27 PM
"Didn't connect with the voice" has so many interpretations that it's meaningless. It's like the odd-sock drawer of rejections. I would absolutely send them your new MS.

Maggie Maxwell
05-02-2017, 11:36 PM
My 2c, what's the harm? They want to give it a try, let them give it a try. Worst case, they turn it down again for the same reasons. Like Cyia said, it's been a year. Opinions change. Give it a go. :)

lianna williamson
05-02-2017, 11:56 PM
I agree. "Didn't connect with the voice" is the "It's not you, it's me" of query letters. It's used so frequently as a blanket explanation for "I didn't like" that I wouldn't take it as deep, thoughtful criticism of your writing style. Send the queries!

Myrealana
05-03-2017, 12:18 AM
What does it hurt to try? Unless it's the exact same book, you might as well give it a shot.

mayqueen
05-03-2017, 12:39 AM
I agree. "Didn't connect with the voice" is the "It's not you, it's me" of query letters. It's used so frequently as a blanket explanation for "I didn't like" that I wouldn't take it as deep, thoughtful criticism of your writing style. Send the queries!
Exactly this. It's a very standard form rejection for queries and requested materials. I say go ahead and query them.

Pisco Sour
05-03-2017, 09:50 AM
Wow. So I guess it's a resounding YES to query this new book! Thank you, as ever, Absolute Write! I will prepare my queries and pages for two of them and see what happens. The other agent seems too litfic for me and doesn't rep the other genres I write in so I'll give him a miss.

Pisco Sour
05-03-2017, 02:41 PM
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SaveTheKeys
05-08-2017, 05:51 AM
I had the same thing happen with a Twitter pitch only it was on a manuscript the agent had already seen. I had done significant revisions so I re-queried being up front that she had already seen my MS. I got a rejection back saying she didn't get the "yes" moment but to query her with future projects. She also gave me some great feedback. Remember agents aren't scientists. They're looking for that book that makes them fall in love. If they liked your pitch that's a good sign you have something to spark their interest and have the scale moving in your favor. They can't fall in love with what they never see. I'm happy you decided to go for it. :)

Pisco Sour
05-17-2017, 11:24 AM
I had the same thing happen with a Twitter pitch only it was on a manuscript the agent had already seen. I had done significant revisions so I re-queried being up front that she had already seen my MS. I got a rejection back saying she didn't get the "yes" moment but to query her with future projects. She also gave me some great feedback. Remember agents aren't scientists. They're looking for that book that makes them fall in love. If they liked your pitch that's a good sign you have something to spark their interest and have the scale moving in your favor. They can't fall in love with what they never see. I'm happy you decided to go for it. :)

I was about to press 'Send', but then I listened to a podcast with this agent and... I don't know what happened, except that I sort of switched off to her as an individual. I couldn't see us working together due to some of her comments and attitudes. In any case, now it's probably too late to send the sub, but I don't feel bad about it.