I am a writer, a Young Adult (YA) novelist to be specific. The problem is, no one other than me knows it. My absence in the literary world is not due to a lack of trying on my end. I’ve reached out to publishers, literary agents and editors who according to their internet profiles are ‘actively seeking young adult manuscripts’. The responses I’ve received (if I actually received one) are some variation of two general replies.
The first type is the auto-response thanking me for my submission, but … this project is not for me. Without fail this is followed by a statement … “however, someone else will love it.’ The statement is intended to soften the blow of an outright rejection. Clearly, this is intended to make the sender feel better and not the receiver since as soon as I see the “no” I stop reading. Even though the auto-responses are always polite and include a few encouraging words they are basically saying – Your book sucks, never contact me again.
The second type of response, which is less frequent but far more frustrating is ‘We love your book! We can start publishing this next week.’ Strangely these responses are also an ‘auto-responses’. The brief second of excitement at seeing a ‘yes’ is short-lived. It doesn’t take long to realize nobody at their ‘agency’ has actually read my work. All I need to do is send them a ton of money and commit to selling vast number of my own book and they be happy to accept me as a client.