What does an agent want?

I have always been amused by the oft-quoted remark of Freud’s: ‘What does a woman want?’ It has been quoted out of con­text, but I was reminded of it this morn­ing after receiv­ing a second rejec­tion let­ter from an agent. It is a reply from an enquiry I sent about a month ago offer­ing some of my work for rep­res­ent­a­tion.

It is quite with­in my abil­ity to appre­ci­ate that an agency oper­ates using a lim­ited staff, and must send out these let­ters (pho­to­copied by the thou­sand, no doubt). But it does get puzz­ling when they reject my work without even request­ing a copy. Is it because the agency is full (a pos­sib­il­ity), or does this agency only accept writers with a guar­an­teed return?

Well, such moans don’t make for enter­tain­ing read­ing, so I’ll shut up shop on this entry and turn my atten­tion to more pro­duct­ive things…

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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