Query Letter: There’s Disagreeing and There’s Being Unwise

Behler Blog

A recent email responding to my rejection:

Thank you for your comment regarding my story, but I have to disagree.  I don’t think my book lacks a plot or specific message.  Please let me know if I can rewrite my query and send it to you. You’ll find that if you read my work, that your conclusions are all wrong.

Um. Here’s the thing; I base my decision to ask for pages on the strength of your query letter. If your query letter lacks pertinent information, then I’ll normally say something so you may consider revising your query letter. I don’t offer critique in order to open a dialog or entertain a difference of opinion, so it does you little good to disagree with me.

It could be that your story rocks the Earth and Moon, and I’d be a simpleton not to immediately sign you. But unless you communicate

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One comment

  1. This post is so relevant!
    It is pointless to fire back at rejection. It should be viewed as an opportunity to restructure your marketing approach. The writer of the rejection letter has given the writer ammunition for awesome change. Next query should focus more on plot and intended message.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Jim

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