R. J. Nello

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ-born, πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§-based, novelist.πŸ“– Writing, travel, culture and more. Always holding "auditions" – so be careful or you may end up a character in β€œ1797”…and perhaps an evil one.🎭 (And why do I suspect some of you might like that latter in particular?)πŸ˜‚

The Quest Continues….

June 24, 2014
R. J. Nello

Well, everyone, I’ve struck out with the first literary agent. She emailed me that she likes my books’ idea (whether that’s really true, who knows?), but (and but is always the operative word) added that what she had read did not “grab” her enough. She concluded – quite politely – that she must “pass.”

Free Stock Photo: A Beautiful Young Business Woman Posing On A White Background

Free Stock Photo: A Beautiful Young Business Woman Posing On A White Background

Naturally not the response I had hoped for. Then again, not bad for a first try either. That’s the business. I took up this endeavor without illusions. You need a skin as tough as marble and to possess the ability to shrug off “passes” and move on immediately.

Because not everyone is going to be wildly impressed by what you write. Even the likes of Sir Salman Rushdie have produced books some consider “unreadable.” Every author gets rejected.

I choose to see this “pass” primarily as her loss. She had read only a little of it, and I’m sure if she doesn’t want it someone else out there will. As in sales, you just have to keep knocking on doors, and may have to pile up lots of unanswered queries and “Nos” until you encounter someone who says “Yes!” πŸ™‚


  1. Good luck!

    At least for me, personally, the hardest part of being a writer is the fear that after putting so much effort into something, it may never see the light of day. That’s why so many people never try in the first place. However, it sounds like you have an idea you really believe in and therefore should carry forward. Getting the finished manuscript is half the battle that most people never even win so you’re ahead of the game there.

    As Dorie would say, “Just keep swimming.”

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    • I will. Thanks.

      It is not War and Peace. But I believe I have written as good a novel as many others. And indeed one even better than many.

      My biggest concern all along has been if I am producing a series perhaps for an audience that is too small and/ or too mature. I like to joke it has no vampires. Yet that could actually be a serious, and quite real, drawback.


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