Thursday, June 01, 2006

"It Just Takes One Yes"

These are snippets taken from my collection of rejection letters. To be a writer, you need a thick skin and the ability to create art from anything is a definite plus.


"It Just Takes One Yes"
(A found poem)

Please accept my apology for this form response,
Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately
I was delighted to receive your query, and I
Thank you so much for sending [our] Literary Agency

but the volume of mail received in my office
I was not sufficiently enthusiastic to feel
have given it my most careful attention. Alas--
your query. I’d like to apologize in advance

makes a personal reply impossible.
that I would be the right agent for your work.
and much as I hate to relay the news thru this form,
this standard rejection letter.

I have reviewed your material and it is not anything.
Best wishes for finding a good agent and publisher.
The query was not quite intriguing enough.
The volume of queries as of late--

Thank you I wish to work with,
I was delighted inspire me
Thank you so much to offer representation,
Please accept my apology I am grateful.

I wish you the best of luck with other agents
and I wish you the best of success
Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.
I recommend that you pursue other agents

I'm sorry to say that I don't believe
I am the right agent for you. You deserve

an enthusiastic representative, so. After all,
it just takes one "yes" and with so many

different opinions out there,
you could easily find the right match.


  1. "Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately"

    I LOVE that line!

    In the future, always include a box of chocolates with every submission. Coincidentally, I'm accepting submissions right now...

  2. "you could easily find the right match."

    That would be one of those sulphur tipped ones, right?

    I haven't even had the guts to submit my stuff. Stick with it.

  3. Kaleidoscope--thank you! Glad you enjoyed. It was therapeutic to write.

    Carl--would that be milk or dark chocolate. LOL.

    Jan--LOL! Probably the 'strike anywhere' kind.

  4. Hi Lisa,

    Very entertaining.

    And have you seen this at John Baker's Blog?:

    Bernard’s Letter

    It made me think of you post here.


  5. Bud--yes, thank you--it's what we all would love to do when we get a rejection. LOL.

  6. Agents also like crisp $20 bills, so I've heard...

    Thanks for visiting the blog.