I received an email from Simon Trewin’s literary agency PFD a few days ago. The email thanked me for sending the sample chapters of my manuscript (I didn’t send them sample chapters or a manuscript, as it happens. I sent a book, some Amazon reviews, a couple of fan letters, a CV and a covering letter), and that, after giving it some consideration, they have decided it is not for them.
Given the volume of submissions they are likely to receive on a weekly basis, I do not mind the standard rejection letter – or email, as it was in this case.
There was one line in it that gave some encouragement, and I took it to heart. It said, “There are as many opinions [in the publishing world] as there are agents prepared to read your work, so please keep going.”
I will do just that.