Tag Archives: query letters

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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One literary agent’s 2010 stats (Kristin Nelson)

Just saw the 2010 statistics for one literary agency, Kristin Nelson, in the US. It’s a bit of a reality check for anyone hoping to get published. Bear in mind that this agency is in Colorado.  I shudder to think of … Continue reading

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Dealing with Rejection, Part III

As a regular subscriber to the Absolute WriteWater Cooler, I often see posts from aspiring authors who are concerned that months have passed without them hearing anything from the agents they’ve queried. They wonder if they should re-query or contact … Continue reading

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Queries and Rhetorical Questions

Sometime ago on the Internet, someone trying to be helpful posted a draft query letter. The opening was a rhetorical question. And not surprisingly, thousands of aspiring authors (including me) parroted that advice, deluging agents with opening lines that asked … Continue reading

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The Self-Addressed Envelope (SASE) in Submissions

 “A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation for the editor.” Ring Lardner The agents who still insist … Continue reading

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A visit to Slushpile Hell

As all aspiring writers know, rejection letters are the often generic, sometimes personal, and occasionally cruel, letters and emails sent  by an agent to let you know that your manuscript didn’t meet the mark. I’ve posted elsewhere, in Dealing with … Continue reading

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Why querying is like dating

I think most people who query get pretty tired of getting impersonal rejection letters and would love a little feedback as to what their manuscript lacks. I had a comment on one of these posts from someone completely frustrated at the lack … Continue reading

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How much work is it?

I was contacted yesterday by someone who had been referred to this blog who asked how many times do you have to query before you’ll land an agent? How hard is it? I was interested to see a number of comments … Continue reading

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