I've told people I would keep my blog updated with news about Song of the Daystar. As some of you know, I started the Querying stage of the publishing process at the beginning of the week, and now I can say I received my first ever rejection notice.
The notice was very polite but not overly so. It was actually pleasant (and this coming from the rejected author!). To be honest, I didn't really expect this agent to represent my work, but I was curious to see if he was even a tad bit interested. Apparently he wasn't. But I'm ok with that.
Some of you may be wondering who exactly I'm talking about. Well, it's no secret: his name is Nathan Bradsford and he's one of the top agents at Curtis Brown, LTD... a very highly recommended literary agency. I follow his blog consistently: it's completely filled with helpful and useful tips for writers. I suggest that other writers look into it.
One of the things that Nathan says on his blog is, "If in doubt, query me." Which is exactly what I did. I have to say that I think the reason I wasn't hurt by the rejection in any way, shape, or form is because I've been steeling myself for my first rejection letter (and probably the many others that follow the first), for several years now. I've know it was bound to happen, so when I read the letter, all that came to mind was, "Alright then. He must not be the right agent, but that just means that the right agent is still out there and God will help me find him."
Below, I've posted the rejection so that you can see for yourself how polite he was about it:
Thank you for your recent e-mail and for reading my blog, I appreciate it. I regret to say that I don't feel that I'm the most appropriate agent for your work.
However, opinions vary considerably in this business, and I wish you the best of luck in your search for representation.
So, I guess that means I just wait for the next response... *taps fingers impatiently on the computer desk.* Waiting can be so hard!!!