Tuesday, July 8, 2008

In Less Than Five Minutes

I sent another query out today, this time to a well-respected agent I've become familiar with through this here Bloggerland. Drawing on his advice and thinking I had nothing to lose, I prepped my info and sent it off.

Imagine my surprise when, in less than five minutes, I had a response waiting in my inbox. My palms grew sweaty, my heart paced quickly. And I opened the e-mail to find a very nice, very personal, rejection. Ouch. It took a few minutes to sink in; I was reeling from his lightning-speed reply.

But, even given my disappointment, I'm ever-grateful for his kind words. And I do respect what he had to say.

So, though interest didn't come from him, I'll keep moving forward.

Current count:

2 rejections; 1 I'll contact you within 3 weeks if I'm interested; 7 out

10 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

I'm guessing his initial are NB and he's always that quick. I've been on the receiving end of his speed rejections as well and he's tough so don't take it too hard.

Melissa Marsh said...

I've had that happen on both my novels - sent a query and less than 5 minutes later, BOOM. A rejection landed in my inbox. Isn't email grand?

:-)

Janna Qualman said...

Travis - I'll never tell... ;)

Melissa, thanks for stopping by! I'll think e-mail that much grander when an acceptance lands in my inbox! :)

Joshua said...

When it does get published and sells like crazy, they'll all being knocking down!

I guess you didn't see Arachnophobia? freaked me out!

Melanie Avila said...

Sucky, sucky.

I'm ready with the brownies whenever you say the word!

Janet said...

You don't have to tell. We've figured it out. ;o) I wonder if he'll reject me just as fast.

kimmirich said...

Hey Janna, good for you for sending off that query and hugs and chocolate for the rejection.

Pick yourself up and send out a dozen more!
hugs

aaroncrocco said...

Five minutes!?! Doesn't that set a record or something?

Janna Qualman said...

You should certainly try, Janet. Maybe you'd break through with him?

Kimmi, thanks! I love me some hugs and chocolate. :D

Janna Qualman said...

I'm STILL flabberghasted!