Really struck out on Finding Mulligan queries in 2009.
Agents queried: 24.
- Non-responses: 9
- Form rejections: 13
- Partial requests: 1
. . . Most of the form rejections contained the phrase “publishing is a subjective business.” Well, I hope so!
One of the rejections said this:
If I may offer a tip, you may want to consider your word count as this genre is usually more like 70,000 words.
The guy who rejected my three-chapter partial had this to say:
While I thought the premise to be unique, I just did not get enough sense of the paranormal. Along the same lines, I simply did not find myself drawn to the characters as much as I had hoped to. It seemed as if the story was lacking a depth that I wanted to see in the early pages.
Hmm, boo. Though I will say I’m surprised to see disappointment over lack of “the paranormal” because my book isn’t paranormal. I’m still using this advice to try to make my stuff better. I’m continuing to tweak and edit here and there.