They didn't even read my manuscript. They had taken two months to decide they wanted to see it. I sent it to them along with a letter explaining that I had just finished the self-publishing process but that I am very interested in selling translation rights. They very quickly sent me a form rejection. All writers who send out queries get form rejections, but you'd think they would have been able to write me a sentence thanking me for my submission and wishing me luck in my self-publishing journey. But no. I am quite sure that they didn't read my manuscript and that the admission of self-publishing turned them off. It doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies about traditional agents and publishers. The good news? I wasn't at all upset when I read it. Just annoyed that they weren't more personal.
Here is the form rejection. Enjoy!
Dear Ms. Akyil,
On behalf of the agents here at Lowenstein
Associates, thank you for
giving us the opportunity to consider your
work. Unfortunately, we do
not feel strongly enough about your
project to pursue it further.
As I am sure you can imagine, we
receive a tremendous number of
submissions, and we are forced to
limit our focus to a select group of
projects. Agenting is very
subjective, and even though we could not
take on your project at this
time, another agent might feel
As a result of a
high volume of submissions, we cannot offer a
detailed reason for
Please accept my best wishes for success in your