As many of you know, I have been working towards publication for some time. I have edited, revised and submitted countless queries to endless numbers of agents and publishers since my aspirations began. In terms of my 'rejection number', I have no idea. I dont see the point in keeping track of my failures, instead focusing on new avenues, revising my work, and trying to better myself as a writer.
Rejections are part of the business. You're going to get many, before you get a full request. And even then, it will probably end in a rejection. As disheartening is it is, it is the business.
Unfortunately, not all wanna be writers see it this way.
Today, a 'writer' took to his blog to document rejection #319 in a cruel, misogynistic rant about the agent who turned him down now. Jennifer Johnson Blalock is that agent. Face to face at a conference, David Benjamin did a speed dating version to the query pitch. Of course, by the sounds of it, he broke all the rules of said meetings, and after becoming peeved that Ms Johnson didnt remember his query...God knows how long ago he sent it, and the fact he expects any agent to remember one query in their inbox of hundreds is ludicrous. But, it would seem that was his expectation, and when Jennifer did not take to his pitch, he turned to the keyboard to join the ranks of the internet warriors.
To say this was career suicide would be the understatement of the year. The rant, which has already made the rounds on Twitter and other literary blogs and media, has all readers convinced Benjamin is a self righteous fool who has effectively shot himself in the foot. All agents I have seen talking about the matter have searched their inbox for his name, and have crafted what I am certain are creative and definitely not form rejection letters.
The lesson in this? Agents do read their queries. They are people with a job, and just like anyone else do not deserve to be degraded for a choice or decision just because someone feels they have the right to representation. Additionally, the literary world is much smaller than many realize. Agents talk. They talk about their successes, failures and especially the 'writers' who make all the wrong choices.
Many agents and agencies were reluctant to post the blog info or screen shots, not wanting to give this fool anymore attention. But, some have, primarily to showcase the abuse that some agents face, and that such behavior is career suicide. Additionally, in my opinion, it is simply the stupidest thing I have ever read.
If you want to know more, you can read the blog post HERE, or check out a summary from New Leaf Literary HERE
In this case, it would seem that David Benjamin's #319 rejection will most definitely not be his last.
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