|You do not win my approval|
|I find you meet minimum standards|
I was asked by a second agent for more material. The request came with a disconcertingly enthusiastic note. I was warned it would take a few weeks to get to the submission. Frankly, waiting is hard, but I expected to hear nothing for months. All of the correspondence has knocked me off my plan. I have an article deadline fast approaching, and have been unable to pull myself into the right mindset to wrap it up. I also have a new book to get moving on, but am unable to get any real traction.
Also, I've gotten a few rejections that irritate. I make things all the time, and have for many years. Rejection is an expected part of the process and I am not particularly sensitive or thin-skinned about it. I actually am more suspicious of hyperbolic compliments than of reasonable critique. But, three rejections have come back with the explanation that the agent is not taking any new projects, and this I don't know how to feel about. Why? Because I researched the agents and agencies and it was clear from everything available to me that they were, in fact, taking submissions. So, either it is a weak kind of brush-off or their materials simply aren't up to date. Either is fine. I just wish I knew. This process produces anxiety.