Slightly encouraged but also a little puzzled by the most personal agent rejection I've had yet...
Thank you taking the time to submit to us.
I’m sorry to say your submission has not been successful.
Whilst I was drawn in by the opening of your story, I wasn’t convinced by the larger concept. Perhaps you should find another way to explain it.
Also, being straight with you, I quickly pigeon holed your manuscript as an homage to The Hand Maid’s Tale – this was my snapshot interpretation, but as someone who hasn’t even read Margaret Atwood’s novel, I fancy other people might do the same. You should take this connection head on (if it does exist) and acknowledge the similarity whilst clearly explicating the differences.
May you have more luck with it in the hands of another agency.
Encouraged to have such a detailed response when normally, getting even the briefest of standard rejections feels like a bonus. But puzzled because, whilst my novel has some similarities to the Handmaid's Tale (because it's dystopian), I'm not quite sure how she's ended up pigeonholing it as an homage to Handmaid's, unless it's the only dystopian novel she's ever even heard of.
But I will still draw encouragement from the fact I got such a personal reply. Unless, of course, it was a mis-sent reply to someone else who has written an homage to the Handmaid's Tale.