Category Archives: Querying

Agent Rejections – Here are some samples. Read ’em and weep.

For a variety of reasons, I am no longer writing the Inspector Ramirez series. I had one publisher that owns world English rights to the first two books and another that owns Canadian rights to the second two books and … Continue reading

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Writer’s Angst

One of the things that has surprised me about the steps involved in getting published is how angst-ridden the whole process is. Waiting for responses to query letters is anxiety-provoking and often heart-breaking. I think we all imagine that if … Continue reading

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The Beggar’s Opera, Early Rejections

I thought I’d post some of the rejections I received for The Beggar’s Opera before it was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award. The first agent I queried asked  for a two week exclusive. At the end of that reading period, … Continue reading

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And this would be how NOT to query …

According to this story in the Associated Press,  last Thursday, a writer who had been ‘pestering’ a literary agent left behind a screenplay in a computer at his office. The agent called the police. They called in the bomb squad. I sure hope … Continue reading

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So when should you stop querying?

According to this article in today’s Ottawa Citizen , failing at something can affect your health. At what point should you give up? It suggests when the goal is not achievable. “It’s actually possible that quitting can be associated with better … Continue reading

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Tips on Finding an Agent

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how they can find a literary agent. I had no offers of representation until I read New York super-agent Donald Maas’s two great books on writing a bestseller: The Fire in Fiction, and Writing … Continue reading

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And yet another agent’s 2010 statistics

These are literary agent Janet Reid’s numbers, dating back only to the summer. She doesn’t give query totals but says she requested 124 full manuscripts. Two got an offer; she referred nine to other agents and two additional candidates for representation found … Continue reading

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Why selling a house is a lot like selling a book

I’m trying to think of how many times I’ve had a friend or colleague forward me a piece of fiction they’ve written and ask for feedback. Decades ago, it was one of my professors who asked me to review a … Continue reading

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