Received the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag today for my manuscript FARVE CASTLE LETS IT GO.
As most of you know, I've been working exclusively with an agent on revisions for the last few months. Some history:
1. Asked blog readers to take a look at my query and tell me why it sucked.
2. One of said readers agreed and passed it along to an agent friend.
3. Agent friend asked to see the manuscript.
4. Agent liked that it was a baseball book and saw some potential in the story, even though the draft he read pretty well sucked.
5. Agent offered revision notes if I agreed to work exclusively with him. I agreed.
6. Revised and resent.
7. Story still sucked, but in different ways. Agent asked if I'd try again.
8. Tried again.
9. Failed. Got my rejection today.
10. Told The Wife I got rejected. She was very nice about it.
So here's my take on the whole thing:
1. I learned a lot.
2. My story is better.
3. Ultimately, I wrote the book with this crazy notion that it might get published and the agent didn't think he could passionately advocate for it. In short, he feared he might not be able to sell it. And since getting it sold is kind of like the whole point of having an agent, he made the best decision for both of us.
4. I would highly recommend this agent because of the amount of time and energy he spent on a manuscript that probably did not deserve the time and attention.
5. I stand by this post 100 percent.
6. It sucks, but only because rejection sucks in general. There's nothing in particular that sucked about either the experience or the rejection letter, which was very thoughtful and even apologetic, though it did not need to be.
7. Wanna know what I'm most bummed about? Getting back in the query game. Ugh.