Sunday, 30 October 2011

English vs American—Kurt Chambers

Over the last few weeks I received a couple of rejection letters. One of them, though giving me reasons for the rejection, which is a rarity, was in all sense and purposes a standard rejection letter. This rejection came from an agent in America. So far all my rejections from the other side of the pond have been form rejections. For those of you who are not familiar with form rejections, here is the letter in question.

Dear Kurt Chambers,
Thank you for letting me review your query. I’m sorry it took me a while to respond, but unfortunately, I don't believe that we are the appropriate agents to represent this material. In this very competitive market, we are simply not enthusiastic enough about our ability to sell this work to offer you representation.
We wish you the best of luck placing this successfully. Thank you, once again, for letting us consider it.
Best regards,

During my submission campaign, I submitted to one English agent. I also received a rejection, but this time, although rejecting me for the same reasons, it was much more encouraging.

Dear Kurt,
Thank you so much for letting me consider this. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you about it. There is an awful lot I like about it. However I am afraid the market is so tough currently that I do have to be completely bowled over by something to take it on and I’m afraid I just didn’t fall in love with this to the extent that I would need to in order to go in to bat for it in this climate.
I know you will continue to approach agents and publishers and I’m sorry that it’s been a near miss for me. Good luck with your further submissions.
With all best wishes,

It seems that my biggest obstacle at the moment is the market. Not the news I really wanted to hear as I wrote this particular novel, Unknown Reality, with the market in mind, unlike my other novels. But I was quite happy with a near miss. That’s very encouraging from a top children’s publishing agent, and I will take it as an achievement to be able to impress a reputable agent to this degree with my story. There’s hope for me yet!

Now I think I should concentrate of submitting to UK agents after only getting form rejections from our American friends. Maybe I’m just too English for them and they just don’t get it. Only time will tell.

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Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.


  1. That's a really encouraging reply, and she liked it... You know the market changes all the time, so you never know... it might change in your favor very soon:) Good luck with more submissions...

  2. Yeah, it's been a long time since I got excited over a rejection letter LOL Thanks, Tania :) I'm still brimming with confidence. This time next year! :D

  3. Kurt, I live in the USA and I only got form rejections from agents too. It's very discouraging, I know. After going through so many agent rejections, I decided to try a small-press e-book and print on demand publisher - and they accepted me. So far I'm having a wonderful experience with them. The only thing I'm missing out on is it advance as most small press publishers can't afford to pay an advance. But I'm happy and steadily growing as an author. I plan to try to query agents again someday as I want to eventually work with major publishing company such as ACE Books. But until then, I'm glad I took a step down and got my foot in the door. You should consider a small-press publisher that handles children's books.

    Good luck

  4. Thank you so much for your advice, J.D. It's much appreciated :) A few people have suggested this to me. I'm still gunning for the big boys at the moment lol but it's definitely something I will consider in the future if I don't pull it off. It's good to hear your success story, and it's very encouraging for all us up-and-coming authors. Thank you for sharing this with us :)

  5. Keep trying! There's an agent out there looking for exactly the type of stories you write. I just know it.

  6. Good luck with your submissions, Kurt. The English letter sounded much more encouraging.

  7. Thank you, Elizabeth :) I loved your blog post about perseverance. It was so true.