I had been working feverishly on them when I got an email from a literary agent. It was odd to say the least but I got quite a hearty laugh out of it and had to share.
For those of you who have been following my blog for awhile know, I've been agented for over a year now. See my lengthy post about Who You Are and What You're About for the story of getting my agent.
Anyway, it was a form rejection for a query I sent out for Finding Claire Fletcher in 2010.
I've scrambled the letters of the agent/agency's name to protect the overworked but there it is--the email I received contained a copy of my original query and as you can see it is dated 10/5/10. Just a day before I snagged my agent.
Here is a screen shot of the date on the rejection email I received:
So yes, one year, three months and six days after sending my query, I finally received a form rejection!
It went a little something like this (again, I've masked the name of the actual agency):
It is with kind thanks that we respond to your submission to Overworked and Understaffed Literary Agency. We apologize for the long delay in our response--the number of submissions we received this past year far surpassed our capacity to review and respond. We thank you for your patience as we work to amend this. Please be assured that we have carefully considered your project. Unfortunately, we don't feel the manuscript is right for us at this time.
Because we receive more than two hundred submissions per week, it is necessary to be extremely selective on a very subjective basis. We wish you the best of luck. There are numerous excellent agents that might be the right fit for your manuscript. Don't give up!
I can top that, sort of. The longest I ever waited for a rejection based on a full read of my manuscript was four years.
Stay tuned for tips on surviving Query Hell!