1st Literary Agent Rejection Letter-Is it A Form letter? You tell me what U think!



I recently did a public speaking event on my topic (Tardive Dyskinesia awareness, prevention, treatment and my experience with it) at the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s annual shindig in New York City. The first manuscript of my book is not yet finished, but since so many literary agents are in New York, especially the city, I figured I’d send my colorful flyer with color picture and a sample of my work, 3 short chapters. Eventually, I’ll get around to ‘test marketing’ those on here. I reached out to 12 agents and five publishers. I got one agent auto-reply from a lady at a mid-level firm, and I got this one from a rep at Folio, one of the top ten literary agencies, (from what I can tell) BTW, Both of these literary reps expressed an interest in medicine/health/current affairs and psychology.  My work falls squarely into all three, plus women’s health and women’s issues, since Tardive Dyskinesia affects women 2-4.5 times more often as it does men. It also prefers minorities. Anyway, here’s my very first letter of rejection ……………..

Dear Allison,
I want to thank you personally for giving me the opportunity to read your work. I understand the querying process can be difficult at times, and want you to know how seriously we consider each project we receive at Folio. I am sorry to say, though, that unfortunately I do not have a place on my current list to take this on.
Please keep in mind that every agent has different tastes and sensibilities and more or less bandwidth to take on new projects at any given time.  And this is a crazily subjective business. What does not work for one agent may work perfectly for another, and I encourage you to continue your search for someone to champion your work, and trust you will find the agent (or publisher) your work absolutely clicks with.
Please know I wish you all the best,



6 thoughts on “1st Literary Agent Rejection Letter-Is it A Form letter? You tell me what U think!

  1. To me, it sounds like a real reply with some standard phrases tucked in.
    It’s a shame tho, since you have so much experience to share.
    I’d love to read a couple of chapters.


    • I think I’m going to put some of them on here, I just want to understand if that will cheapen or lessen it’s appeal commercially. Thanks Gemini. I’m here if you need me. I don’t go on wordpress every day. In fact, I had given up because I didn’t realize that others were reading my blogs. I had looked at Twitter analytics and I’d been my only ‘view.’ You don’t have tardive, do you?


      • No I don’t, thank God. I can’t imagine what living with it must be like. It’s a side effect of some psych meds, right?
        And it’s funny you say that about WordPress because while I set it up with good intentions I never use it, but your replies from the BPhope started showing up here. I think it’ll be good to have a more private way to talk.
        I don’t use Twitter & have no idea what these tools on WordPress do. I’m going to have to figure out how to make more people find me. I think we can do that for each other’s sites?


      • Hey again. I don’t go on here very often. And no I am not exactly a credentialed type but I did work as a medical transcriptionist and I do research on stuff as I think it hopeful and helpful. Sometimes we feel very alone, and disempowered. Especially as women. People always assume we are nuts.


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