I’ve been following many agents on Twitter for a while now, and I always enjoy when some comment on the queries they’ve received. It’s always insightful to see what makes an agent ask for more, versus giving the writer a pass, even if it is subjective. Though I’ve noticed something that has been bothering me for some time now, and I thought I’d share it here to get some feedback, opinions, etc. I’ll see a Tweet starting something like, for example (just making this up):
Great voice, new concept, fun and original idea – writing isn’t quite there. Pass.
So one thing outweighs all the other great ones? Does a query/first few pages/synopsis have to be PERFECT in order to receive a request for more? So far, this seems to be a trend in many of the agents I follow, and it’s a little disheartening to think that because of one little thing, even if the rest is awesome, you get the dreaded rejection. Is this something that happens often where there are so many queries to go through that agents only request the perfect ones? I know that most of the time, writers don’t even know why they get rejection letters in the first place, since they’re often form rejections (understandable since agents receive a HUGE amount of query letters every day and cannot reply to all of them individually), but from the information I’m reading on Twitter, it does seem to be the case where, instead of asking the writer to review the one point they don’t like and resubmit, they completely reject all the good because of one poor aspect. Is this really how it works?