Literary agent turns down best seller & loses a fortune in royalties
Literary Agent Turns Down Best Seller & Loses a
Fortune in Royalties
It has come to my attention that many literary agents are actually bad decision makers. A
literary agent will often inform you in a canned email response that your story did not connect
with “them” therefore they are passing on your query or submission! This is understandable
since this decision is often a subjective response.
However, I wanted to see if literary agents understood data. What if I presented them with
information that showed a children’s picture book I had written was well-liked by children ages
4 to 8. Even better, what if the children themselves indicated that they loved the book more
than an international best seller such as Elf on the Shelf: Would literary agents still turn it
down? After all it is data that drives sales not subjectivity.
THE EXPERIMENT: Over 100 children were independently surveyed by their teachers. The data
showed that my 970-word picture book was liked by children much more then Elf on the Shelf.
Below is what I wrote to 10 literary agents that had previously sent me a canned response:
I now have surveys that compare my picture book to Elf on the Shelf from over 100 children
and their teachers. The easy to understand data speaks for itself and is meant to get the
attention of top publishers:
The most important pie chart is the second one: 45% of children liked my story better
than Elf on the Shelf. 47% liked both stories the same, and ONLY 8% liked Elf on the
I have organized the data/surveys so it will take you less than 1 minute to understand. The new
data is meant to give you an idea of how well my picture book will sell and shows the story
connects with the readers. As mentioned, Elf on the Shelf grosses over 10 million annually.
NOTE: This is regarding the previously submitted 970-word children's picture book
titled: Dory and Randy's Christmas Adventure with YOU.
To my surprise I have yet to receive a response! I am still looking for a top literary agent who is
savvy enough to understand this important data. In addition, I have also included testimonials,
surveys, and the wonderful 970-word story. I am open to any additional edits. All information
and any updates can be found at https://bestsellingpicturebook.com/surveys.html