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

This has to do with my first book, a book about ‘Prozac Poopout’ and Tardive Dyskinesia, a movement disorder caused by antipsychotics, usually from long-term use. National Alliance of Mental Illness, (NAMI) says if you take Abilify or Seroquel, Latuda, Geodon, Risperdal, Melleril, Thorazine, Haldol, Zyprexa (or whatever), for over a decade, you stand a 30-50% chance of getting TD…but try bringing up that issue at one of their “Connection” support group meetings……So Anyway……


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. My book isn’t finished, but since many agents and publishers are based in New York, I figured I’d send my colorful flyer with color picture and a sample of my work, 3 short chapters. I reached out to 12 agents and five publishers. I got one agent auto-reply from a lady at a mid-level agency, heard nothing from the publishers and got this one today, from a literary rep at Folio, one of the top ten agencies, (from what I can see)

(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). 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,



Actually doing the work (writing)


I’m working on a book that’s before its’ time. Tardive Dyskinesia, (soon to be ACRONYZED as TD) It’s centrist and slightly comic as the subject matter is really heavy stuff.

I want it to be an ebook that can be updated when new resources (charities) or new meds or clinical trials become available.

My first 6 chapters are done but there’s a lot of repetition because of memory issues. The truth is I want to get this over with so I can write my ‘main’ story. Or maybe this should be folded into my main story? I just don’t know what I’ve got until I do the work.

Can you just put something like this on your blog? So people can find it when they need to?

Keep on Keepin’ on…re getting representation

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Such a proliferation of publications, right? We’ve got to find a place somewhere, right? I have trouble keeping them all straight as I target magazines to write articles supporting my first book. I’m doing this work beforehand. I was like this with homework, the day I got an assignment, I’d run home and work on it until it was done.

But you can’t exactly do this with a book. You can’t write a book all in one sitting.

So I keep track of what needs doing, papers scattered all over my office, kinda get manic.

Feel an urgency to get an agent or and/publisher to help shepherd me through this. I know many of you have self published but I think I need hand holding and legal vetting for my project. It’s about a highly inflammatory and political project. And I want to do it just right. Are agents harder or easier to get?

New Youtube Channel and uploaded Tardive Dyskinesia Video


I have a learning issue. It’s meds, racing thoughts,al in german dress and new earrings adhd and middle age so I have a social media person come over once a week. Some things happened at my magazine, like changing the name of my article and not telling me, which made me feel really sad. I’m just sad today. Anyway, to cheer me up and take back control of my activism and journalism, We created a YouTube Channel and uploaded my tardive dyskinesia videos on there. If you know anyone who has that problem, I learned a lot during my three year

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrrhgSBHa6_4FIw1ydlG7Qarch for treatment.

my 3 year search for symptom relief re Tardive Dyskinesia

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  • Everyone who had tardive dyskinesia or has been diagnosed with dystonia, akasthesia or restless leg syndrome basically anyone who takes atypical antipsychotics like Abilify, Geodon, Invega, Saphris, Haldol, Mellaril etc should read this because it has valuable info on prevention and finding treatment, which is not easy.

Move Over Movement Disorder

Allison Strong

Have you ever felt that you were the patient treatment wouldn’t help? After three years of searching for relief from Tardive Dyskinesia I was defeated. Out cold. Counted to ten. My saving grace was my husband because he would not let me give up. We were both up every morning at 5am, googling ‘Movement Disorder Specialists,’ ‘Tardive Dyskinesia,’ ‘Neurology’ and other keywords that weren’t specific enough to get me the help I needed to stop the uncontrollable shaking.

Tardive Dyskinesia, also called Tardive Dystonia, Akasthesia, or Extrapyramidal Symptoms, is a type of movement disorder.

Tardive Dyskinesia is a side effect that some people develop when taking antipsychotics, which are commonly used for bipolar disorder. It’s nonstop, purposeless and involuntary muscle movements. Their locations can vary. Most people have it in their jaw, and look like they are chewing gum or thrusting their tongue. Tardive Dystonia refers more to muscle stiffness and a ‘lock’ of sort in an unnatural position. It can be truly disturbing and disabling.

Children seem to have different symptoms. Information on that is described in IBPF’s free downloadable book, Healthy Living With Bipolar Disorder (page 31 under Extrapyramidal Side Effects).

According to NAMI, the incidence of Tardive Dyskinesia is 5% for each year the antipsychotics are being taken. NAMI says that over a decade of antipsychotic use, 30-50% of patients will get Tardive Dyskinesia. The number is slightly lower according to the Center for Tardive Dyskinesia. This is important because most people with bipolar disorder who take antipsychotics benefit greatly, needing them long-term.

Tardive Dyskinesia is chronic. There is no cure, only symptom management.

Eventually, I couldn’t sign my own name. Friends, relatives and acquaintances regarded me warily, with fear and pity in their eyes.

I put myself on the waiting list at the National Parkinson’s Foundation in Miami, a leading resource for movement disorders. While I waited, I saw a few horrible movement disorder specialists, one of whom said I had restless leg syndrome. Another said it was psychosomatic.

After nine months on the waiting list, I went to my appointment at the National Parkinson’s Foundation and was put on a dopamine agonist used for Huntington’s chorea (another movement disorder). I am grateful that I am able to have this expensive medication covered by a foundation that provides support for people with chronic illness called the Caring Voices Coalition.

With this medication I was better but still struggling. I went to fifteen doctor’s appointments and had three hospital visits. The ER docs just wrung their hands, shook their heads and sent me up to psych.

The crucial thing I needed was a movement disorder neurologist specializing in Tardive Dyskinesia, or a psychopharmacologist! A physician accustomed to treating people with bipolar disorder might not have dealt me the stigma, sexism, judgement, and callous ignorance I got at every turn. Ironically, neurologists blamed psychiatry’s medicines, while psychiatrists assigned damage control to the neurologists. I was falling between the cracks.

Finally, I narrowed my search enough to get a new result for a movement disorder clinic researching Tardive Dyskinesia! It was far away but my husband insisted on driving me. I met the doctor and got a new prescription. With this combination the shakes disappeared. That was in 2011. Treatment has improved so much.

In the end, I required a combination of medications, like many other people. It took a while to get it just right. My triumph over this challenge reinforced my faith in myself. Next time I fly into the headwinds of a storm, I’ll be ready. I hadn’t been left out in the cold, after all.

Watch my videos on Tardive Dyskinesia for more information and ideas on getting treatment for this side effect. Part 1 covers the basics, and Part 2 focuses on finding treatment.

More Resources on Tardive Dyskinesia:

Read the rest of Allison’s posts for IBPF here. Allison has also written for NAMI Not Alone and has personal blogs on WordPress and Tumblr.You can find her on Facebook where she has a closed group to share coping strategies for living with bipolar disorder. 


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