Last night, I got a rejection letter from an agent I had queried about No Awkward Goodbyes well over a year ago, saying that while I had the chops, the novel was “too backstory and voice-heavy for me.”
That’s funny, of course, because three weeks ago, my agent, the brilliant and charming Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich, sold No Awkward Goodbyes to Chelsey Emmelhainz at William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, for release in early 2016.
I didn’t write back to gloat to this agent. After all, I should have told her that I had found representation back in April, but I sent the query a year ago, and her agency had a “If you don’t hear back from us in four weeks, consider it a rejection” policy, which I hate for exactly these sorts of reasons. But Matthew came up with this handy author’s rejection letter template for future such occurrences:
Thank you for your interest in NO AWKWARD GOODBYES. Unfortunately I am unable to accept your rejection at this time due to the fact that my “voice and backstory heavy” novel is already represented by one of the most prestigious literary agencies in New York and has recently sold with a generous advance to HarperCollins.