I found a few similarities in stories.
*If you don't hear back from an agent within two months, they aren't interested.
*Some agents will send a one-line email letting you know it's not a good fit.
*If the agent takes the time to give you feedback, there's hope.
Tonight, I sent out my last query letter/proposal, and I got a response within an hour.
I'm copying most of it here.
Thanks for sending this to me.
I like the story and I like the characters. I think this is worth working on. Unfortunately I don't have time to do edits just now and I think the writing is a bit rough.
Do you have a crit group? Do you have any money to hire an editor to edit the first few chapters. There are just a few things you could learn in the first few chapters and you could apply to the rest of the book.
I really like this and pulled in, so I'd like to see it again. I wish I had time to work on an edit with you.
If you need suggestions for editors I have a few listed on my website on the writers' resource page:
(I took the link out.)
If you don't have the money to hire an editor, and if no other agents pick this up, write back to me. I'll see if I can squeeze you in if you're interested in working with me.
You have a good feel for story. (She then went on to add specifics from the book.)
I know it's a rejection, but it's so encouraging! Even if I don't hear back from anyone else, I will keep plugging away--reading books about writing, reading quality books, and rewriting my story. I am also planning to attend the ACFW conference in September.
I already contacted one of the editors she suggested, and I am looking forward to learning more.
Who knew rejection could be so nice. :)