Great Reasons Why Publishers Reject - All Genres
What you must checklist before prematurely shooting that ms out to an agent.
Needs too much editorial work (a manuscript has to be 95% of the way to book-ready for me to be willing to take it on)
A former editor at Del Rey, imprint of Random House, was inspired to look at the reasons she rejected manuscripts submitted to her over a nine month period. During that time she passed on 133 manuscripts.
Here is her list of specific reasons why:
- Not what Del Rey is looking for (meaning we had enough on our list already of whatever subgenre was on offer).
- A good manuscript but not right for our list (included a couple of nonfiction SF-related titles more suitable for a small press, the odd children's book, etc.)
- Not a genre that's doing well right now (horror, mostly; some foreign novels being offered for translation, anthologies whose concepts weren't strong enough).
- Simply not good enough (a combination of mediocre writing and/or storytelling).
- Contains major plot flaws (the story was too predictable or the author made a choice I didn't agree with which affected the entire manuscript).
- Main characters not strong or likeable enough.
- Needs too much editorial work (a manuscript has to be 95% of the way to book-ready for me to be willing to take it on).
- Falls between genres (these were some of the most frustrating ones I had to reject; several were quite beautifully written but would be hard to promote in such a tough marketplace).
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