REJECTION! Everybody handles it differently, even the Agents. I met a great agent in June who asked me to send my novel in for review. I sent it in and followed up every month with a polite e-mail inquiry as to its’ status. After five months, I found out the agent apparently forgot about requesting my submission and never read it! In late November I received a rejection saying that due to market conditions, this particular type of story would be very hard to sell, so they were going to pass on it.
Now, did I miss a window of opportunity? I don’t know. But I do know that my manuscript was off the market for five months for no good reason.
Now, contrast this to the next agent I immediately sent to. Within 10 days, I had queried, sent in a proposal and been rejected THAT’S reasonable to me. They didn’t want to handle the story, even though they enjoyed the submission. But at least I could move on.
Now, I know Agents and Publishers are swamped, but a five month delay and then admitting you lost the manuscript does no one any good. I will submit other manuscripts to both Agents in the future, hoping that things will balance out.
But while Agents and Publishers are swamped, I hope they are aware how frustrating things like this can be for a writer. Let’s all work together and try to survive the coming upheaval in the publishing world!