To the wonderful Miss Snark,
I have written a first novel, a second, and am beginning a third. I'm gathering query rejections by the truckload: 38 rejections; 2 requests for partials, later rejected. 300 hours of rewriting and I am ready to try again. Four of the rejections said something like this: This theme is not something I would want to represent. This story is about a mother who causes an accident that claims the life of her child. She must find a path to return to emotional health. Included in the story are a few dream scenes and a few paranormal abilities. I know your feeling toward dreams. Is this pretty much the case throughout all literary agents of the upper class? Do dreams plus paranormal equal death? Or does my query suck?
Also, the name of my protagonist is Quenton. Is this bad? Too common? A shmuckster name?
I am a great writer, and this is a great story. Honest. My mother even likes it.
From, a guy who desperately needs Snarkoholics Anonymous, but is just too happy with his disease.
This is why Miss Snark invented the Crapometer.
It will rev up again after December 15.
Try not to run yourself ragged on that rodent wheel while you wait.
And dead kids are pretty much ZAP in my book.
You'll need to be Alice Sebold or better for that little hurdle.