iWriterly Video: Why Books Are Rejected (By Literary Agents & Editors)

Are you querying literary agents and hoping to traditionally publish? Or do you already have an agent, are on submission, and are hoping a publishing house will pick up your book? In today’s video, we will discuss the 24 reasons why industry pros may be passing on your book.

This is not an exhaustive list of every single reason a book might be rejected. However, these are some of the more common reasons you may encounter.



Topics covered in this video (in no particular order):

  • Word count
  • Age category and genre
  • Intended audience
  • Comp titles
  • Protagonist’s voice
  • Character agency
  • Story authenticity
  • Overly-complicated plots
  • POVs (point of view)
  • Character archetypes
  • Pacing
  • Themes
  • Adjectives/adverbs
  • Cliches and tropes
  • Story endings
  • Author platform
  • Publishing schedule