Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Greyhaus Writers? Where are they?

So, I was asked a couple of days ago as to why there haven't been any new writers added to the Greyhaus Literary Agency line up? No, it isn't that there aren't any good writers out there. I have seen a lot of writers that have some great potential. But the problem is that they weren't what I was looking for.

This is a tough market right now. I have said this before, and I frequently say this in rejection letters - the writing can not just be good, or the premise can not just be new. Both elements have to be in place for a piece of writing. I know that many authors feel this is an unfair burden for new writers but that is just the way it is.

When I do think of this, I am frequently reminded of that early Army commercial on TV when the kid is being rejected from one job to the next because he has no experience and he finally exclaims "but where do I get the experience?" Whether we like it or not, that is just the way it is.

One thing to consider is that every agent out there has a specific idea in his or her head as to what they want. Taht is the subjective nature of the business and one of the reasons why I have you do so much research out there on your potential agents. I try to do my best by providing a clear idea of what I want and I do want to let you know, if that is not clear, email me. That is what the blog is for. That is what the email link is for on the website. That is what I am there for when I go to conferences. Ask questions.

Just please keep in mind one thing. A rejection is not necessarily a statement about you as a person. (I do say no necessarily because there have been a few but now is not the time to talk about those writers). A rejection simply means that your story, at that time, was not right.

Have a great weekend. I'm off to take my son and his friend to work out with Megan Jendrick and Peter Vanderkay for a couple of hours in the pool. Not bad for 10 year olds, huh?


1 comment:

  1. I am dreading writing the query letter. The more I read about how to write one, the more confused I become.