I know, seems like a contradiction in terms, but I think it represents me reaching a new level with my queries, and also gives me an idea of what I need to work on before either submitting this or submitting a new work. Not going to paste it all, but here’s the key part:
I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t connecting wholeheartedly with your writing, despite its poise and polish, so I ought to step aside, but I truly appreciate the look
Last night I was tired and discouraged, already convinced I had no talent. I think writers all go through those little spells, and no matter how hard I tried to convince myself otherwise I kept feeling like that at the bedrock of my emotions.
Thankfully, this morning I’m feeling better. I realized that, as someone in a thread said, this is a business, there’s no reason to stroke the egos of undeserving writers. I also read last night that, on average, it’s the fourth manuscript that finally gets accepted and published. Given that this is the first novel I’ve ever submitted to an agency, and the first time I’ve gone through this whole process, I think I should feel pretty damned proud to be getting personal responses so early, and especially one like the response above. I think it’s a net positive and a good sign that I have a shot at making it in this business. I just have to hang in there and be persistent.