I only recently found your site and I think you rock. I love the fact that you pull no punches, but you're fair. (And funny. Some of your responces on the Crapometer had me giggling like Renfield from the original Lugosi Dracula.) Okay, on to my question: My work is good. I don't mean to sound arrogant with this statement. I'm not claiming to be the best thing since Faulkner or anything, but I'm as good as much, if not most, of what's on the shelf at your average bookstore today. And I'm better than a quite a bit of it. After numerous revisions, I have crafted a damn fine query letter. The same is true of my synopsis. Yet, after a couple years trying, all I have to show for my efforts is a growing stack of rejection letters, mostly form responces. And so my question is this: What does it take to get the attention of a literary agent, if just being good isn't good enough?
Well I'm glad you picked up on the fact that I don't pull my punches cause I'm about ready to slam one into your ego. Ready?
You're not as good as you think you are.
Now the question you really want to ask is "WHAT is holding me back", not "why don't they recognize my quality." I assure you, agents are on the hunt for good work. Yes we miss things. Yes we miss things more than once. But if you're consistently getting form rejection letters, the problem is you.
Did you send anything to the crapometer?
Do you belong to a good critique group?
Can you attend a writers conference for feedback?
I can tell you the problem is you, but I can't fix it here.
That's up to you.
Now get busy.