Complimentary words from a literary agent

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I'm not done yet!
I’m not done yet!

Many of you know I’ve been trolling for an agent since mid-February. Each rejection I receive is a form rejection so said e-mail doesn’t say anything about my writing per se, or the subject matter. The common thread of these rejections is as follows, from a recent rejection I received:

Thanks for sending me REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO.  I wish I could represent every book I enjoy. Because my resources are limited, I can only devote my energy to projects that I feel passionate about, and I’m sorry to say that your book isn’t right for me.  I greatly appreciate having had the opportunity to read your work, and I wish you all the best in finding the right agent and getting published.

I follow many agents on Twitter; one such agent is Janet Reid who also runs her infamous Query Shark site where writers’ query letters are critiqued, criticized, and cut to pieces. Janet runs a flash fiction contest every once in awhile, providing 5 words that must be used within a 100 words or less story. The 5 words can be used in whichever form we choose, but they must be used, and there’s a short window of time in which to submit the piece.  These were the words for the most recent contest posted over the weekend:


Here was my submission:

Gloria never dressed to draw attention; her style was more Quaker Gray than Newfangled Bright, so it was a stretch parading around in a matching orange blouse and pants. A this point, however, she was ready to tear herself away from them.

She looked forward to replacing the wrist bangle she currently sported so beautifully, with a Star Wars-type ankle dongle. Gloria didn’t know how her old man would take to the addition, but he always was kinda kinky; ten to one odds he’d get turned on by her new look.

“Inmate 563214, you’re free to go.”

Okay, now the exciting part. FireworksEven though I didn’t win this flash fiction contest this time, the agent wrote comments about parts of peoples’ submissions that she liked. Here’s her comment regarding me:

I love the subtlety of this one “matching orange blouse and pants.” It’s a sublime detail.

I had to look up the definition of sublime so I could revel in whatever it was she had said about my writing. The definition: elevate to a high degree of moral or spiritual purity or excellence.

Those of you who are writers understand how I can get so excited about a relatively small bit of encouragement; the rest of you might think I’ve gone over the edge a bit.  Regardless, I am on Cloud 9 because FINALLY, an agent said something positive about something I wrote.

Three cheers for me!

7 thoughts on “Complimentary words from a literary agent

    Theresa Hupp said:
    July 25, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I loved the twist at the end — didn’t see it coming, and it was perfect.


    kaleenagenette said:
    July 22, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I love Janet Reid, have followed her for years, and her feedback is always spot on. Your flash fiction is pretty brilliant. I love the whole premise of alluding to a woman in her dressing room rather than her prison cell. That could lead to a very interesting character.

    Liked by 1 person

      boomer98053 responded:
      July 22, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Thanks for your interest! Yes, Janet says it like it is, doesn’t she? And that’s what writers like myself need.


    Jill Weatherholt said:
    July 15, 2015 at 5:09 am

    What a great post, Irene! Congratulations!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

      boomer98053 responded:
      July 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

      When you’re hungry (read, desperate) every morsel tastes glorious.

      Liked by 1 person

    Anonymous said:
    July 14, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Congratulations!!!! Here’s to being actually “spoken to”! Connection is a good thing, and a form of recognition.


      boomer98053 responded:
      July 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Thank you. I have to admit, I’m still enjoying the glow from her words.


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