Just like busses

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You wait forever, then two come along together.

I’ve not sent out any agent queries for a while. Real life has been getting in the way big time. Also, after the encouragement of the response from the David Higham Agency, I’ve been trying to fine tune the stories in hopes of ticking that box with someone. I’ve not yet found a version I’m confident enough to re-submit.

I’d almost forgotten that I still had a pitch out there. I’d sent it on the 25th of August 2014. As I’d not heard after so long, I just assumed they weren’t interested.

Which of course ultimately proved to be the case.

The curious thing was that I received the rejection twice on the same day – 28th January 2015. Once from the individual agent, and once from the agency. The essence was the same, but the wording slightly different.

1. The Agency
Dear HELEN,

Thank you for sending me There’s a Dragon in my Soup! and for giving me the
opportunity to consider your work.

While we enjoyed reading your submission, which stood out from the many we
receive, we couldn’t find an agent here who felt strongly enough to take it
further and therefore we are afraid we are not able to offer you
representation for this project.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider your material and we
wish you every success with your writing.

Best wishes,

2. The Agent
Dear HELEN,

Thank you for sending me There’s a Dragon in my Soup! and for giving me the
opportunity to consider your work.

I’m sorry it’s taken a while for me to respond to you – I read every
submission and have had a considerable backlog recently.

While I enjoyed reading your submission, which stood out from the many we
receive, I’m afraid I didn’t feel strongly enough about the material to take
it further. I’m sorry not to be writing with better news. Of course, these
decisions are always subjective and another agent may feel very differently.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to consider your material and I wish
you every success with your writing.

Best wishes,

Again, I am choosing to take this as an encouraging no, rather than ‘don’t give up the day job’. It stood out from the many. My basic premise has promise and it is a case of fine tuning rather than scrapping and starting again.

I will find a way to make it work one day. I just have to tweak it to hook an agent without losing the charm that appealed to my test audience of children in the first place.

Just. (Hmm, that’s a four letter word. Oh well.)

Onward and upward.

Maybe 2015 will be my year.