Decoding literary agents’ rejections’s Secret Agent makes an appearance this weekend in David Milofsky’s Denver Post article about the realities of searching for a literary agent.

Milofsky provides a helpful glossary for decoding literary agents’ rejections. Some selections:

Interesting – Boring

Has potential – Amateurish

Moving – Show it to Mom

Needs work – Hopeless

Mid-list – Won’t sell

Poetic – Insomniacs only

Cinematic – Unreadable

Marketable – People will buy anything

A new installment of Ask The Secret Agent will appear very soon. Questions should be sent to thesecretagent [at]


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