The writer hit a low patch this week on receiving rejection email. Contained the words no writer ever wants to see: "not one for me". I warned her that she'd sent off the enquiry too early with book still in progress, but did she listen? Got all excited when she was asked to send in the finished manuscript but again only sent first third of book and not much past first draft ... Lesson learned I think. Maybe she'll listen to the wise pig next time.
However, there is a silver lining to this fable in that the rejection came back with a couple of nuggets - feedback! Something rarely received from a literary agent. And pertinent feedback too. So she's picked herself up and cracked on with renewed enthusiasm. The feedback was spot on - something she needed to be pointed out - and now she plans to rewrite the early chapters to address the comments.
It was too soon to submit but better to know the faults now and correct rather than plough on in blissful ignorance I say.