A Dear Giles letter - be not disheartened. This is the writing life. One has to think long term. A four and a half month wait for this letter from an agent. They are busy people. Always be patient.
Thank you so much for your patience in waiting to hear from us and for sending us your work, we really appreciate this.
We have read this with great interest. However, after careful consideration we are afraid that we are not able to offer you representation for this.
We enjoyed the concept but we are sorry to say that we haven't fallen quite in love enough with the narrative voice, in the way that we feel that we need to and due to the high volume of submissions that we are receiving we are having to be extremely selective about the work that we choose to represent.
We are sorry for the disappointment and as this is such a subjective industry we would strongly encourage that you contact as many other agencies as possible.
We wish you every success with your writing and please do send us more of your work should you wish to in the future.
It is a kind of progress! The Tall Story of Tiberius Small is still out there looking for a home. Meanwhile I have three other books in various states of completion.