The Nobodies: One More Under the Wire

In all my joy and excitement, I completely forgot to post this somewhat depressing letter. It came to me a little over a week ago, and was in response to a query-only submission (no story excerpt). Seems I’ve got to work on presenting myself more favorably come next round.

Dear Mr. Pawlowski,

My apologies for the long delay in replying to your email. I appreciate the opportunity to consider your work for possible representation, but I’m afraid I’ve decided to pass.

Please do not be discouraged as many bestsellers have been passed on numerous times prior to being successfully published. I wish you the best of luck finding an enthusiastic agent and publisher for your work.


One thing to note: there was another letter, of similar content and based on another query-only submission, but I erroneously set my email to delete all messages after seven days following my viewing. That error’s been corrected, but I’m afraid there’s no way to retrieve those messages. As I stated on Twitter last night, “I’ve made a huge mistake.” Thankfully, unlike the Bluths, I actually learn from these.