But the real question here, where does the blame lie? Whose fault is it?
Now, while I am sure there are some editors and agents who might have different motives for rejecting a project, although I can safely that all those I have worked with are genuine, writers have to remember that we are all out to find a great story. When we can find those gems and those books get out to the readers, EVERYONE wins!
The odds are, the reason for the rejection is something happening on your end. Sorry to throw you under the bus on this one, but it is important that we start there.
Let me first begin with a definition of communication. I love this one. Communication is "the getting and the giving of information." This is a two part system. If your story is great, and we did not get it, yes, there can be an issue on both ends. Maybe the editor or agent just does not have the brain for figuring it out. On the other hand, and we hear this a lot, maybe it was the information that you gave to us that might be flawed. Consider
- Your query letter did not give us a true picture of the story.
- Your synopsis was really not giving us the complete picture.
- Your first three chapters really did not set the scene for us.
- Your pitch was pathetic (I know, this is harsh, but it is often the truth)
- The writing is forced
- The writing is lifeless
- The author chose an approach that does not work with the story
- The writing is elementary