Slowing Down

I received a rejection just a few minutes ago from one of the two agents I most wanted to work with. I have to admit I’m a little sad. It seems harder to roll with rejection from someone I let myself get excited about.

Elizabeth Wales was a long shot for me. She’s been in the business for years, happens to be in Seattle, and represents some bigger names. But she got my hopes up when I met her at the Pacific Northwest Writer’s conference because she was the only agent that was also interested in my background as an environmental scientist. Ms. Wales represents several scientists and engineers who write non-fiction books, an area I dream about breaking into someday. Her form rejection e-mail is posted below.

Lynn Price of Behler Publications blogs regularly that writers are too often in a hurry to be found and get their work published. She reasons that this rush compromises quality. I am definitely feeling in a hurry sometimes. I know what I want and I want it to happen now, not two years from now. I’m impatient about lots of things, so why not this? But I have reasons for wanting to make things happen sooner rather than later. How long can I learn about writing and plug along without actually earning a living at it? Most people don’t have the “luxury” that I have at the moment. My impatience is spurred by the fact that I don’t know how long I have the luxury either.

So, I’ll try not to be in such a damn hurry. If I don’t end up with an agent after this round (I’m only waiting to hear from a couple), then I’ll be patient and finish the manuscript and submit to another group of carefully selected individuals. Maybe in February.

In the meantime, I’ll expand my platform (writing resume) by publishing some more articles in magazines, and maybe branching out into public speaking.

I’m still planning to participate in my custom version of NaNoWriMo. Please let me know if you are going to join me in this adventure.

Ahhh, the rejection:

Dear Lorraine,

I enjoyed meeting you at the PNWA conference this year.

After reading Egg Mama, my agency must pass on offering you representation. Because of the amount of client work in our office, we try to make quick decisions on all possible new clients and projects. Our process is ultimately subjective and we do the best we can.

We wish only to encourage you even though we can’t pursue working with you at this time. Thank you for sharing your work with us.  We wish you the very best with your writing. 

All the best, 

Elizabeth Wales

Wales Literary Agency, Inc.

PO Box 9426

Seattle, Washington 98109

Tel.. 206 284 7114


5 responses to “Slowing Down

  1. Lorraine, I love your blog. You have such a sweet, tempered, honest style and you make everyone want to cheer for you.

    I want you to know that I admire your attitude and courage, and I like the new plan. So glad I get to be a part of it. My plan is the same, only I’m giving myself until June. I just read on the NY Times online that the current (fiction) bestseller The Help was rejected by 50 agents. It only takes one. We’ll keep on!

    I hope the bag of books cheered you up.

    We’ve got a lot of fun, growth, and excitement ahead. Nothing like sweet anticipation!

  2. Great courage and grit Lorraine. Putting yourself out there to be rejected is not for the faint of heart. I could use a boatload of lessons in not taking it personally. I am interested in your self-styled NaNoWriMo. Clicking on the link, I’m not sure I understand what it is all about.

  3. Wales rejected me too. I live north of Seattle, and really wanted an agent nearby for some reason. Oh, well… here’s hoping we both make her sorry!

    • Hi Michael. Thanks for checking out my blog, I’ll check yours out too!

      I didn’t necessarily think I had a real chance with her because she represents some pretty famous people, but I did love the romantic idea of having lunch with her in some swank place in Seattle. Some place where they have 3 glasses on the table per person and white cloth napkins. We’d have trouble deciding WHICH of my books to publish next. THAT was my problem, I let myself dream about her as my agent because she represented other scientists and engineers. Rejection is only hard when you get your hopes up.

      Yes, let’s plan to make her feel like she missed the boat with us.

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