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Agent Rachelle Gardner’s 2010 stats.

Rachelle Gardner’s year-end stats are not for the faint-hearted. 10,000 queries and not a SINGLE one resulted in representation without a referral. Which means there is virtually no point in querying this agency, whatsoever. Unless you know someone. “2010 By the … 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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Contents of a query letter

  I really sent out very poor query letters when I first got started, but with the help of my friend, the actor Thelma Farmer, I finally came up with one that worked. When this went out electronically, I had … Continue reading

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Is it really about who you know?

Let’s see: more than 100 rejections (I’m sure I have long surpassed Louise Penny, who likes to claim that particular honour). A shortlisted entry for the Debut Dagger but no win.  A long trip to the UK where the two agents … Continue reading

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