Jaimie Krycho

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Party in question: Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency

Query sent: May 12, 2013

Answer received: May 15, 2013

Read as follows:

Dear Jaimie Krycho:

Thanks for your query.

As to your material I’m afraid I will be passing — I’m just not
enthusiastic enough about the concept of your story to feel that I’d
be the right agent for the project. I realize it is difficult to judge
your potential from a query; nevertheless please know that I give
serious attention to every letter, outline, and writing sample I

Sorry I couldn’t give you a more positive reply. Thanks for thinking
of me, though, and best of luck in your search for representation.

Jennifer Jackson

Though this seems like a personal reply at first blush, look closer and you can see it’s a form rejection. I only say that as a point of interest, because this is the only thing I am really allowed to expect in the way of negative responses. Ms. Jackson seems like an excellent agent for sci-fi/fantasy, and her form rejection is kind and respectful, which makes me want to query her again in the future if I don’t end up with someone long-term before then.

It was a disappointment to receive this, to be sure, but a more minor one than you might expect. The Lord has been working on my heart a lot in this area. As I reevaluate my priorities, I remember that first in my life is Him, second is my husband, and third, my daughter. My career, as it were, comes at the very end of the list, even after taking care of the home. And lest those who don’t know me think me a quiet, mousy push-over (my husband will laugh when he reads that), know that I am anything but, but wouldn’t have my priorities any other way. Of course, I still value my writing career and will continue it (for I passionately love to write and always will!). I am simply able to rest in my lack of immediate success, because I know I am being faithful in the things that matter even more.

And now – with the evening breeze sweeping over the porch and a latte at my side – to write.

Readers' thoughts (2)

  1. At 5:33 pm on March 20, 2013 , Bill Tracy replied:

    You’re right–this is a form letter! I queried Jennifer Jackson back in 2010 and got the exact same response. I thought it was a personal reply too, but I had my suspicions.
    Never give up! I have all my rejections gathered together in one email folder. I’d like to see an acceptance, of course, but at least a rejection is better than no answer at all.


    • At 10:16 am on March 21, 2013 , Jaimie Krycho replied:

      Thanks, Bill. I don’t remember where this quote came from, but I like it – “There’s a word for someone who doesn’t stop writing – ‘published.'” We press on! I’ve kept all my paper rejections, a al Stephen King, in the hopes I can look back someday and smile about how far I’ve come (and hopefully encourage others with that).


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