Check out literary agent Carly Watters insights as to why agents may be passing on your perfectly wonderful book. It’s not as cut and dried as you think. Also check out her post “Why I Stop Reading Your Manuscript” for more great insider advice.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

It’s hard to understand why when agents say they are looking for a certain type of book, and then you query with it, that it isn’t the right fit for them.

Here’s why that happens:

We represent something similar

If we recently took on a project that has similarities to yours we cannot sign yours up too. It’s not fair to our client and it’s not fair to you. We can’t bombard editors with two projects similar to each other and risk the success of both of them individually.

The voice doesn’t grab us

It might have everything going for it, but for some reason the voice or main character doesn’t speak to us in particular so we need to pass because we’re not the best fit. Agents sign projects up when they are the whole package–in our eyes. But, every agent’s taste is different so what isn’t a fit…

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