agent’s rejections: failure or unfair?

Trials of a successful publishing.


After the manuscript has been polished to a glow, your next step is to choose whether you want to publish your book via the traditional route or do it yourself.

But just to be clear, what does a traditional publishing entails?

Once you’ve queried an agent and he’s agreed to represent your book, that’s exactly what he does: He represents your book to a publishing house and tries to sell – auction – it for you. Which means signing with an agent doesn’t mean that you’ve sold your book and that you are on the rode to fame. Still, getting an agent is a big step, because agents usually keep updated about the interest of editors, and has a great deal of experience getting the book through the publishing door. For more details about what agents does or doesn’t do, check this link by writer’s digest:

Recently I’ve followed a discussion about whether one should try to publish traditionally or independently.

Some agreed the traditional way is best, but most, including established authors, testify self-publishing holds all the appeal and panache.

Personally, I believe the choice is one every individual should make alone, regardless of what people advise.

Why not try both?

Test the waters. Once your book is done and there’s nothing else to add or edit or correct, query a few carefully researched and selected agents that are particularly interested in the genre your book categorizes under. Then, if you receive a request, good for you. But don’t forget, getting an agent to request your manuscript or a partial is just one baby step. That agent might still reject the book at the end, or might not be able to get your book “through the publishing door” after a few knocks.

The good news?

A rejection is not a failure. there’s no reason to be discomfited by them – though it’s easier said than done. Many, if not most people, after one too many rejections assumes that if their book was rejected then the book wasn’t good enough, but that isn’t necessarily true. Sometimes your book just didn’t appeal to that agent – even if it fits his interest perfectly. For example, you love to read thrillers and so you browse the thriller section of the book store, picking the titles that call your attention and reading the blurb on the back. Naturally, you’d buy only the ones that interested you  enough – which doesn’t guarantee a satisfying end, then you’d turn and walk away, not glancing twice at the other books on the shelf. Right? Same goes for an agent.

But If you really mean to go through with it and get your book out there, then don’t let the agents rejections stop you and go ahead and do it yourself.


Jina S. Bazzar


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