Poll time: How valuable is it when agents send form rejection letters?
At both agencies I’ve worked at we respond to query letters with form rejections. I know there is a movement not to respond: a ‘no answer means no’ policy. So how important is a rejection letter to you? Share your feedback in the comments section or answer the poll here.
Here is my ‘best books of 2013′ list! (Not including my clients, of course…)
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg – Despite the two-sided media circus around this book I found it incredibly inspiring and enlightening. A must read for any woman.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I loved Moyes’s previous book Last Letter From Your Lover, so I wasn’t sure how she was going to top it–but she did. It is an amazing story that left me in tears on a flight from Toronto to New York City.
The Engagements by J Courtney Sullivan – The smartest women’s fiction novel I read this year. I love multiple POV story lines and intertwined lives so this was a A+ in my opinion. Continue reading →
The Seers, Book 2 in The Holders series, has just had a cover reveal and is available for pre-order! It releases February 2014 from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot.
After nearly being drained of her ability and betrayed by a man her father trusted, Becca Ingle was left with one clue — Ciaran Shea. He holds the key to the downfall of the power-mad Holder, Darragh, and can ensure the safety of both Holder and Human kind alike… but is he willing to help?
Becca, Alex, Jocelyn, and Cormac set out Adare Manor to meet with the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of pure blooded Holders of whom Ciaran is a rumored member. However, when Becca discovers that they might not be the only ones after the information Ciaran has, everyone begins to wonder if Bhunaidh might not be as uninvolved with Darragh as they claim.
A race to uncover Ciaran’s secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems to have their own agenda. Becca will have to call on every ability at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometimes the answer is more dangerous than the question.
Lots of writers ask when the best time to query an agent is, so here’s a breakdown of my tips about querying through the winter holidays.
Just because you have time off from your day job, doesn’t mean agents have time to read your query. We’re inundated!
The volume of queries goes up from December to January. We are just as busy as we alway are–even though you’re off from work–therefore we will not be getting back to you as quickly. A 4-6 week reply turns into 6-8 weeks.
Starting this week, American Thanksgiving, through to the first week of January publishing slows its pace. People in publishing start taking holidays, using their weekends for (GASP!) fun and holiday parties, not reading like we usually do. Therefore, we’re going to be slower with our partial and full requests.
We are still looking for new projects, as always, but just know you’re competing with a big batch. There are exceptions to every rule, but just be aware of these trends.