Thompson On…Finding a Literary Agent!


Julius Thompson
      Sitting in front of my computer slapping my head from side to side…
Finding an agent is so difficult that at times you want to slap your head from side to side and commit physical harm to your body. Maybe, if I slap hard enough my brain will work in overdrive to figure out a way to make agents interested in my third novel.
What a process!
I have three published novels,  2007 and 2011 Georgia of the Year nominations, been a presenter at the 2009 AJC-Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta, and the 2010 Virginia Festival of the Book  in Charlottesville, Virginia. I’m a creative writing instructor at Evening and  Emory in Atlanta, Georiga.
I work hard at writing my novels and I’m extremely dedicated in marketing my novels. However, frustration sets in at times and erodes my enthusiasm.
I read on agent Linda Roghaar’s website a comment that  is an aspirin that eases the pain: “Don’t take rejection personally. More often than not a rejection is not about your writing; rather it’s that you’ve  gotten it to the wrong person at the wrong time. Look at the package critically and send it out to another.”
Yet the agent front is silent for me…totally  void of a positive response.
I’ve followed all the rules, my three published books, with Ghost of Atlanta on the book shelves of Barnes & Nobles, are well received and have garnered honors and recognition, but I keep getting the following form letter:
Dear Author:
Thank you so much for sending the (Blank) Literary Agency your query. We’d like to apologize for the impersonal nature of this standard rejection letter. Rest assured that we do read every query letter carefully and, unfortunately, this project is not right for us. Because this business is so subjective and opinions vary widely, we recommend that you pursue other agents. After all, it just takes one “yes” to
find the right match.
Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.
Well,  I’ll just keep sending out query letters and hopefully I’ll find that one agent who will say “Yes.”
Ooh…my head is still hurting from my palms constantly slapping my head from side to side!
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One thought on “Thompson On…Finding a Literary Agent!

  1. Depressing, isn’t it, if published authors with a good track record have to struggle so. Good luck with finding a home for your new book.

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