This should be an obvious concept to new authors who are submitting to agents, but it's come to my attention that we have a bit of a problem with this at the agency.
Let me explain.
My assistant, the fabulous Jodi Meadows, is a very nice person. So nice, in fact, that people have begun to take advantage of her. She takes time out of her day, unpaid time, mind you, and offers comments on the full manuscripts she reads and rejects on my behalf. She doesn't say that she wants to read the manuscript again. She doesn't give explicit instructions to resubmit the manuscript after radically revising it. She just offers some pointers on why it didn't work for the agency.
Yet, many of the people that she's offered this kind service to are now asking to resubmit their manuscript. They have somehow misinterpreted Jodi's kindness as an invitation to send us the same manuscript over and over again.
So I'm doing this post and explaining exactly what each rejection means.
If you send a query to the agency and we reject it, do not send a query again for the same novel. You may send a query for a different novel, but not for the same novel. I don't care if you've rewritten the novel before querying again. If we didn't ask for it, we don't want to see it.
If we've requested the partial manuscript of your novel and then rejected it, please do not send us a revised version of that partial manuscript. If we rejected your partial, it means that we don't want to see it again. Any suggestions or comments included with the rejection are meant for your edification as a writer.
Similarly, if we've requested the full manuscript of your novel and then rejected it, please do not send us a revised version of that full manuscript. If we rejected your full, it means that we don't' want to see it again. Any suggestions or comments included with the rejection are meant to help you grow as a writer.
There is ONE and only one exception to this. That is if either Jodi or I specifically say something like this in your rejection letter: "If you radically revise the novel according to these suggestions, I'd be happy to read the revised version." This means exactly what it says. If we liked your book enough that we want to give it a second chance, we'll extend that opportunity, if you want to put the work into changing it. If you don't want to do that, we're not mad or offended. It's all part of the business.
But the people who get that request are the ONLY PEOPLE who should be asking to submit a revised manuscript to The Rappaport Agency.
Otherwise, no really does mean no. Please try us again with a different novel.