Recently I received a rejection letter on a partial of my first manuscript (yes, i'm sending out 2 queries, for two projects at once) after waiting 4 months. I'm sure you ALL know how hard the waiting is. But I think it reaches a certain point and, at least for me, I've given up on the agent and relented to the fact that they probably aren't interested.
Then the email arrives.
Yep. They're not interested.
Well, at least they responded, right?
So the rejection was pretty generic. A form. But at least the agent said, "I found it to be an enjoyable read." Ok, great....Still, I sense a "but" coming.
AH, yep. There it is. "...I don't feel passionate enough about it..."
Sigh. The passion thing.
Is that like dating and you just don't feel the chemistry? So you dump what was a really great guy/girl for the rebel that makes your heart race? The one who's got the mojo? The one who dumps you for that hot blonde/brunette/redhead with the big muscles/boobs/car?
Yeah, that's the one.
Years later when you're ready to start a real life, a family, you realize just how great that boring guy/gal was and that they'd make a fantastic husband/wife, father/mother. So that's what you start seeking. Because love/chemistry/passion comes in all degrees/shapes/sizes.
I guess maybe that's how agents feel about us. They're looking for chemistry and they just don't feel it with our books?
I'd ask, "How do you get chemistry?" but we all know the answer to that....voice, a great story, a hook, etc....
But what if you have all that - and really, you're not kidding yourself thinking you do - your book REALLY does have all that...then what?
Ok, I'm waiting....then what?
Srsly, then what?