I read all 200+ comments of the Agentfail thread on BookEnds last night, and… wow. Sooo much anger out there. To be sure there are some constructive comments in there, and I always like those, but for the most part it unleashed a vast fount of angst. So much you could bottle it up and sell it to those crazy people who fight in mesh cages.
The biggest, most common complaint is about agents who don’t respond to queries or have a “we’ll respond if interested” policy.
Now, again, this doesn’t affect me personally. My policy is to respond to all queries, usually within 24 hours, and I almost always respond to partials within two weeks and fulls within a month. If you send me a personalized query that follows my blog suggestions and it’s not for me I’ll send you a personalized rejection. I always respond to my clients within 24 hours and I try to turn around comments on my client’s manuscripts within a week.
I certainly HOPE that my query and response policies make you want to work with me and that you’ll query me instead of someone who doesn’t respond. I’m building my list and I want new clients.
But if an agent has a no-response policy, chances are they aren’t actively looking to build their list. Or they have enough on their plate already. They aren’t looking to open the floodgates. And they’re not subhuman for having this policy. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: writing a manuscript does not buy you a prospective agent’s time.
If you don’t like their policy, by all means, don’t query them if you don’t want to. Just…. don’t get mad about it. It’s like being mad at oxygen.
I understand that the publishing process can be frustrating and that the people who really ranted in that post are in the minority, and that these responses were all requested. But I just wonder if we could all get along and stay constructive instead of turning agents into pinatas.
Being new to this crazy world of publishing, I am surprised at the level of hostility towards agents! If these frustrated souls started writing in order to make a living, publishing a book is NOT the only path to a paycheck. And if they started writing to land on the best seller list, hoping to cozy up next to Oprah, did they really think snuggling up next to her would happen the minute the printer exhausted itself spitting out their manuscript?
I’ve yet to hear a magical tale of an aspiring actor riding into Hollywood on a white horse and straight onto a movie set in the lead role. And just like all other artistically driven industries, success in the publishing world seems to be a lot like winning the lottery. Playing the odds, I’d almost rather search for a magical litter of talking puppies or dig for Jimmy Hoffa in my backyard.
(POLLYANNA ALERT- Cynics beware the remainder of this post!) So some agents can be mean, egotistical, and think they know more than God. If folks didn’t know that before they entered into this dream to be published, shame on them for not researching! Will the industry change because of wordsmith hopefuls complaining about it? I doubt it. And I can’t help but wonder if all this pent up frustration will somehow be reflected in their writing. Maybe that’s a good thing….
As for me, I just finished writing my first novel about a month ago. Maybe after 200 rejections, I’ll have a different take on writing. But for now, I’m just so stinking happy to have actually finished it! I walk around most days with two or three sweat towels firmly attached to my belt. I have to keep something handy to absorb the excess sweat caused by my unpredictable fits of jumping up and down at the thought….I finished writing a book!!!
If the absence of a rejection bothers me, as opposed to being TOLD my book is no good, then I just won’t query that agent. I wrote the book because I love to write. Not because I have something to say and demand they change the rules for me. That attitude seems almost as self-centered as the agents who might act that way. For every agent who may seem like an evil troll, there is surely another non-troll looking for fresh talent, ready to guide them into success! (We hope!)
For now…. I think I’ll just venture into the garage and fetch my shovel….
A lot of people were commenting on form letters and no responses…
I say more forms and no responses the better…
The good thing about this is
a) no false hope.
b)the writer won’t waste their time or yours knocking on your door, but hopefully will look elsewhere or work on writing.
I say this because good feedback leads to too many questions of the desperate writer. I think we read into it too much.
I had fabulous feedback from an editor about 3 times, on 2 different MS’s. Oh and from another on one of the same MS’s..I didn’t get it till the FOURTH letter that the problem wasn’t a new story, but my writing. I love those editors and everything I’ve learned about myself and writing since then… But, it did take a VERY long time for my bubble to burst… Let me tell you bubble dwellers… life outside is_so_much_better…
I know that isn’t dealing with an agent, but something similar happened with an agent, and I knew I wasn’t ready. I think everything goes so much more smoothly if writers research and communicate well. Then they know what to avoid. And if they take the time to believe in themselves, some of the desperation and constant assurance can be avoided.
I think you have to be honest with yourself and then the frustration can be avoided.
If an agent has a “no response = not interested” policy in order to cull submissions, then why can’t they just close submissions? Nobody’s time is wasted.
For the same reason you’re querying an agent who warned you that you might not get a response. You’re sending in your manuscript on the off-chance it might be just the thing that agent is looking for, just like the agent is keeping submissions open on the off-chance that gem might come in.
I wish more agents would do this than the ones who say they’ll respond and then don’t.
Sharon A. Lavy says
Wow all this has really touched a nerve in our writing community.
LOL, I’m beginning to think I should query Nathan just for the experience of being rejected so kindly!
Christine H says
Wow, Nathan, your turnaround times are very impressive. All I can say is… Wow.
I’m with Barb S.! I’m definitely going to query you when my book is done, just to get a personalized reply. Then I’ll frame it, alongside my first rejection.
Furious D says
While not getting an answer can be frustrating, I don’t mind if they state that they have a “respond if interested” policy. I know their time is limited, and I won’t waste it by burning any bridges.
BTW– I just got my new subscription to Writer’s Digest, and you are on the list of 100 best sites for writers. Congratulations.
I stayed out of it because my interactions with agents have been overwhelmingly positive.
As you say, an agent does not owe me their time, so unless Triumph the Insult Comic Dog rejects their slush for them, rejections/nonresponses are not a fail (even if they’re -gasp!- printed on a half-sheet of paper to save trees, or sent promptly to save time!).
As far as I’m concerned, the only things an agent could do worthy of AgentFail would be intentional rudeness or fraud (rudeness here defined in the traditional “not doing unto others” sense, not in the “refusing to recognize my genius even after I sent a query written with grease pencil on lettuce leaves” sense). If an agent is polite, professional, and scrupulous, I have nothing but appreciation for their time.
Writer from Hell says
I agree – its really important to not take agents’ response or lack of it too personally.
I respect an agent far more if he responds to my query, but if he doesn’t – no problem. I do assume it to mean no. And I sent him the query coz I liked and respected him in the first place and even if he rejects my query, I find I continue to like/respect him.
I can’t believe I just said that!
However, I saw in the link some author complain about a requested manuscript not responded to for 8 months and upon tele enquiry – told an abrupt no. That sux. That is not only indecent but truly unprofessional on the agent’s part.
If it makes you feel any better, and it probably doesn’t, this kind of frustration, complaining and venting aren’t exactly unique to the publishing industry. I work in the nonprofit sector by day, and believe you me… well, let’s just say I could write a book. But in a former career I also spent time in the for-profit sector and in government, and guess what? It happens there, too!
No matter what business you’re in, including the arts, you’d be amazed how many people do not have “professionalism” in their vocabulary. If you wonder whether a writer/agent (depending on what side of the fence you’re on) has #failed, replace “publishing” with, oh I don’t know, “accounting,” and see if it still sounds like a fail.
Example: Instead of a query, it’s a job application. The company does not invite you for an interview. Some will send you a rejection letter, others won’t bother. Does that give you the right to send the HR manager your resume 20 more times? To search for their cell or home phone and call them at all hours? To send them nasty emails? If your answer is yes, regardless of the industry, I’m afraid you would indeed be labeled a wing-nut.
Writer from Hell says
Ok now I’ve also read the comments above. One thing sucks the most for me – that gets my goat everytime is the agented authors speaking for agents and published authors speaking about fairness of the process. Not that I don’t believe what they are saying but it just looks duh – downrite hypocritical n trite – even if they mean it.
When you make it, you have to watch your words for what they now mean in the lite of your success. Success brings its own responsibilities and one of them is knowing when to shut up! Makes you a bigger person..
Kristi – I agree, but not everyone has the skill you’re talking about. I don’t always, that’s for sure. Also, the invitation on Bookends was to vent. I got the impression it was a ‘tit for tat’ following the queryfail – something that upset alot of people.
I think agents may have been taken aback by the intensity of people’s feelings. So, that’s why I’ve been talking more about the art of listening to what’s really being said.
As usual, though, I’ve said so much that people are probably going to start edging away from me. Just in case lightening really does strike me down where I stand.
But everything I said was actually out of caring and an attempt to build bridges.
I queried something over a hundred agents on my first novel. Got requests for three fulls and half a dozen partials.
All were ultimately rejected without comment.
Reaction: Re-evaluate/ get critical about self and writing/back to square one/start new novel.
Current Result: 50,000 words out of target 85,000 written.
Writing is artistic, yes. But it’s also a business. I do not accept failure.
Writer from Hell says
I like that spirit! Good luck!
Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy says
A lot of this boils down to our desire to know the “why” behind every decision. In many ways several of these posts remind me of the high school students I use to teach. When they asked for something and I said no it was almost always followed by why. The funny thing is that when I said yes no one ever asked why or how come.
Sending an unsolicited query letter does not establish a client/agent relationship and therefore no duty is own and certainly not an explanation of why or why not.
I skimmed through the post over at bookend’s site. There was a lot of frustration, but I guess we all need to express our frustration at some point or another. But although their were 200 plus posts, there are thousands of writers out there, so one can’t assume that they are all bitter.
writer in the wild
sends a query
plays loves me loves me not
while he waits
waitin for the ferry
oh the pain of
sends an abuse
buddy thats not merry
agent s a hawt gal
wooed by many
a woman es known by
who admires her
just as much as
If it ever came to ADHS for me, I’ll turn into an agent.
Deb Vanasse says
I’ll admit to not having read all 200+ agentfail comments, but I like what you’ve said here, Nathan. People need to understand that, like it or not, this is a business. Good agents will have sensible policies to ensure they function efficiently and effectively, even though the policies won’t be popular with everyone.
TecZ aka Dalton C Teczon - Writer says
Personally, as a writer, I appreciate some type of response, if nothing else, so that I know my query was received and read. The not knowing and waiting is agony. And it leaves a big empty space on my query log records,(I like all the spaces nicely filled in). I do appreciate agents such as yourself, Nathan, that take the time to respond, especially as busy as you are. Thank you so much for your helpful blogs as well. Have a great day!
Laura D says
I echo those who said ‘fail’ is now passe. It would be okay by me just to have a “we received your email” message to let me know it was sent okay. Oh, and I have never received a no response to a job application, despite the years of education and training it took to make one! (Even more than 4 years with more blood, sweat and tears that it has ever taken me to write a novel-which is love not labour to me.)
Another idea. Agents set up a query form online at a web site.
Authors have to register to send queries. Sessions are private between agent and authors.
Query and agent response is all done online. Nice and neat. Email is for follow ups.
(Gee, Nathan, I think some of these women are in love with you. How many “classys” can one guy get!)
Shaun Hutchinson says
First off, I think most of the complaints against agents are unjustified. However, the thing about not answering if not interested kind of rubs me the wrong way.
It’s not that I think I deserve any of the agent’s time, it’s simply that if they’re seeking submissions, and I submit, then courtesy dictates they, at the very least, return a minimal reply if the answer is no. My opinion (and it’s just my opinion) is that if an agent doesn’t want to open the floodgates, they should close to submissions (temporarily at least).
I know there are lots and lots of reasons why an agent might choose not to reply unless interested, but our world is already so impersonal as it is. If I had to choose between an agent with this policy and one without it, I’d go with the one who took the ten extra seconds to respond with a polite no.
That being said, agents are people too, people!
Kimber An says
Oh, yes, there was plenty of angst, but it was honest angst even if a lot of it wasn’t reasonable. I mean, good grief, people aren’t usually rational when they’re upset. And a lot of them have been treated disrespectfully. When you’re new to a game, that’s especially hard to take.
Nevertheless, I think a lot of valid things were learned by all. And I hope those things will resonate in a good way in the coming months.
I agree it’s a good idea simply not to query those agents who don’t respond unless interested. Rather than losing sleep, I also think it’s a good idea to avoid querying agents, to put it euphemistically, whose business style is incompatible with one’s own.
While I can see it’s annoying for agents to see this venting, and there was a lot of vitriol, there were some good points made.
No response equals no. Well, how long do we wait? A week, a month, six months? I’ve seen several agents whose websites state ‘If we do not respond in X time, it’s a no’ This works fine, because then we KNOW. I’ve also seen an agent state ‘If you haven’t heard from me in six weeks, e-mail me a nudge and I get back ASAP’ And I did, and he did, with a very spiffing and informative about the publishing industry form rejection
Keep your website updated. This was mentioned more than once, and it should be standard practice for any business really. If you mostly rep YA, and all of a sudden you decide actually you want to rep erotica, it might be worth mentioning your change in genres! Also you’ll get more queries for what you want, rather than what you don’t, so benefits run both ways. Same goes for if an agent leaves an agency. Take their details down ASAP – you’ll get less e-mails to answer ( or not) and we won’t have wasted our time.
Professional courtesy. I’ve lost count of the number of agents I’ve seen who state ‘If you can’t get my name right, it’s auto reject’. And one of those agents rejected me, getting both my name and the name of the book wrong!
Really all we want is what you want – courtesy, even if you’re rejecting us. You’re busy, and we get that. But so are we. I have two jobs ( three if you count writing) a husband and two young kids to look after. I don’t have much in the way of spare time either. But I don’t use that as an excuse not to be as professional and courteous as I can. And while I know you don’t either, many agents do.
And it’s THOSE agents that people get frustrated with. The ones who insist on a certain level of courtesy, refuse to return it, ( and occasionally even publicly ridicule authors) and then wonder why writers get frustrated and vent.
Oh, and by the way, thank you for your timely and polite rejection 😀
Judy Schneider says
Excellent advice. If you don’t like an agent’s response policy, don’t submit to him/her. Thanks for sharing your insights, too, on what a no-response-unless-we-want-more policy might mean. Common sense wins again!
Alice Berger says
I never had any idea how many submissions an editor or agent receives until I became a book reviewer. We’re a relatively small and unknown site, but we still receive a LOT of requests.
My turnaround time has gotten longer as we get more books, and soon I may need to put a temporary hold on new review requests. If I’m feeling overwhelmed just reviewing books, I can certainly understand how an editor/agent feels!!
Julia from Atlanta says
I read them all too, and was surprised at all the wrath. If most agents are like those, then you are a gem for responding so quickly, professionally and politely. I just hope that my recent query to you was rejected on its own basis and not because I (nervously) did not paste my first 5 pages below. I did resubmit it with those pages, but with no response, I understood that your answer was still No.
I did not see these on agentfail – and they don’t fall into the anger category:
1. When an agent says: If I pass on your work, it may be that I just wasn’t in that mood that day, kind of like when you go to a bookstore, open the cover and decide that just isn’t what you want to read, whether it’s good or not. That comparison doesn’t work for me, Nathan, because if I put a book down in the store, I may later go back to it and buy it; but if an agent passes, you are done – you don’t get a second chance. And,
2. When an agent says: As an author, you can’t just write a good book, you have to ‘Get it’. While I am all into learning/knowing/keeping up with the publishing business, I can’t believe that an agent would pass on something great because the author just wasn’t as savvy as the agent desired her to be.
I have a case in federal court, so I have developed the patience of the freaking Sphinx.
I have won my first case, in two decisions, both rendered exactly one year apart. I sat quietly and chanted ‘ohm’ to keep my sanity while waiting for the court to act. I also put it out of my mind and worked on other parts of the case.
I tell myself that delay can be good. Rejection is quick and easy, delay may mean the submission is getting more thought and consideration.
As for the truly sloppy agents who don’t deal with queries until the pile files over on their desk or blows out their email capacity, well, if an agent is slow and sloppy at this stage of the game, how do they handle everything else? The writer is likely better of without them.
verify word? rester (a writer contentedly waiting to hear back on queries)
Adaora A. says
I know it’s such a rare thing these days, but I really love the way you opperate Nathan.
I think it’s great that we have the option to query agents (good, solid agents) who are actually looking for new clients. It all comes down choice. So I don’t understand why people get so angry about the fact that some agents are full. If you’ve got a closet that is stuffed too capacity, you’re not going to attempt to fit more into it.
I have to say though (in conclusion before I rush off to work), that I like the #agentfailfail# title. A lot.
Psue Dohnyme says
#agentfail: Writers, there are good reasons for not pissing into the wind.
#queryfail: Agents, you can’t win a pissing contest with an elephant.
Oh yes, and most of you have lovely sentence structure. Looking forward to the day it’s employed in more constructive debates.
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” That was my school motto. We writers spend years writing, rewriting, editing and polishing our manuscripts. Then we write that query letter following the agent’s directions as best we can. That is our job. Why should we accept that an agent can be offhand or rude back to us? He/she chose that profession. If that agent gets overwhelmed, hire someone to help in some way. It’s part of the job. That’s their problem and no excuse for the rudeness of no reply. The same goes for everything in life. Kindness counts.Remember those sad words in The KiteFlyer.; “There is no kindness in Afghanistan anymore.”
We are lucky to know someone like Nathan, so keep the faith, there must be more.
Glen Akin says
I said this before: agentfail = waste of time. People are going to cause more problems than solve any.
However, I do sympathise with most of the comments I saw there. A lot of people up here are saying stuff like, “If you don’t like the agent’s policy, don’t query them,” when the truth is half the complaints are about agents not keeping to their policies.
If agents claim on their site that they represent x type of books and they reply to a query about x type of books with a, “I don’t represent this type of books,” then why is it on your website?
That was one of the complaints I saw there from a lot of posters that I thought was legit. There were others to do with the time-frame agents claim to reply queries, and how agents request an exclusive full MS, don’t reply for ages (thereby trapping writer into a long wait), and then coming back with a, “It’s not my type of book.” Lolol! Gotta love agents.
Anyway, my advice is to just keep trying. If an agent says they’ll get back in 2 months and they haven’t got back in 3, scratch them off your list and move on.
Stay positive – that’s the key, brothers and sisters!
“. . . for the most part it unleashed a vast fount of angst. So much you could bottle it up and sell it to those crazy people who fight in mesh cages.”
First of all, I haven’t read the thread. Wouldn’t waste my time. Second of all, why not bottle up the rage and sell it to people who need the energy to improve their work?
When a person’s a writer, artist, musician, etc., the work’s gotta come first. The rest is icing. Does that mean that I wouldn’t love to get paid to sit around and fantasize all day? No, it does not.
I work very slowly because I only write when I’m inspired. I’ve found that if I write when I’m uninspired, the writing is “okay.” Not mediocre, just “okay.” Okay enough to leave in place; not something I’ll ever go back and change. So I avoid writing when I’m not “up for it.”
This leads to slow writing. You will be the first one I query, Bransford, so you better be ready! I have plenty of back-up plans but you will be the first since I am paranoid and I’d rather work with someone I’m familiar with rather than send it off to people I don’t really “know.”
I think Jan @ 5:02pm nailed it pretty well. Agents can complain all they want about being inundated with submissions, but another way of putting it is being “spoiled for choice”. Again, Nathan, you handle your business with respect for the writer and I know you get a lot of stuff that’s just not up to par or for you. In the future, if things change, just let folks know how it’s going to be.
I guess it’s all about being honest. The agency that requested my full said straight off: if we’re interested, you’ll know right away. If you don’t hear from us or within a few days, assume it’s not for us. Luckily for me, I got the request within a half-hour. Time to email them, however, as it’s been almost two months since I sent them my MS.
And for those who are angry that an agent isn’t sticking to their policies, I suppose you cold claim “too busy to see if you’ve queried them already” and query them continuously until you hear something. 😉
Nathan, it’s probably been suggested…but why not have an email address dedicated soley to queries set up with auto reply to confirm reciept?
Alot of the anger in this query thread I suspect shares something with the previous topic on whether one thought they are better than the pack.
Nathan I would query you in a heartbeat if you represented picture books. lol. But since you don’t I’ll have to wait until I finish my SciFi Thriller…soooo couple months?? lol.
As for the comments…that is the only downside to inviting anonymous commenters…suddenly everyone takes it as an opportunity for a long rant. It’s sad that so many (allegedly…for all we know it was one person – lol) felt the need to be anonymous.
I think there is a fine line between constructive criticism and destructive. I think it was crossed several times by people that would rather b*t*h and moan than state an opinion respectfully.
But Janet Reid did an awesome job at responding on her blog today.
Late to the game, once again. Nathan, do you really read all of these?
I don’t mind agents who don’t respond if it’s a no. Is that really different from a form rejection? Yes, you can complain that you don’t know if they got it, but, c’mon, you know they did. Their email address is correct, you double checked. They got it.
You have to have a good query mindset I think, to not take things personally. Research agents, craft a personal letter, send it and forget it and move on to the next one on your list. And see things from an agent’s perspective. Be forgiving, not judgmental. We all make mistakes (sorry to the agent I sent my query to before reading their submission guidelines. Oops!)
Well, here is the thing about form letters…
agents don’t want to be addressed:
Here is my form submission…
and writers don’t want to be addressed:
Here is my form rejection
so I suppose that if the writer has to personalize it, they take it personally if they are treated with a formula letter back.
but wow 15000+++ queries (and counting) is a lot of name spelling I suppose
being a writer can be a lot like (oh no -duck! simile coming)a sperm trying to get to that darned egg
But blogs like yours, Nathan, help us feel you are talking to us, personally,so thank you!
(Blogs, like us, Baby we were born to write!) (sorry, couldn’t help myself)
I am not an author but a reader of fiction, non fiction, memoirs, bodice rippers—basically anything with words. This discussion reminds me of the advice that a teacher gave our commercial illustration class in design school. “Nobody cares about you, get over it.”
If an agent really makes you mad, don’t just boycott them. Boycott their client list.
Let them know that you are, too. Even if it’s anonymous.
Mira – I agree with you. I just think there’s a difference between not knowing how to express yourself appropriately and not being capable of doing so. I managed a 23-bed locked unit of juveniles with serious criminal and mental health disorders, and if they could be taught to express emotions in a healthy way, I just have to believe there is hope for relatively high-functioning writers and agents. 🙂
Susan Gabriel says
Good for you, Nathan. A call for sanity. There are so many bitter writers out there. I fight, daily, to not become one of them. And most of the time I succeed.
I’ve been at the writing and submitting process for over a decade and have my share of frustrations. But negativity doesn’t do anybody any good. It just leads to premature heart attacks and all other manner of dis-ease.
At the same time, I think writers aren’t always appreciated in society, which includes literary agencies and publishing houses. Perhaps we could all treat each other with a little more respect.
Wanda B. Ontheshelves says
I Brake For Blogs
Re: “…some of us see agents notoriously unable to get their day job done, even closing submissions to catch up–but are avid bloggers and tweeters. Um…shouldn’t they also suspend blogging/tweeting …cause it doesn’t pay the bills and that 30 mins might be better spent?” (from BookEnds blog post)
As someone who has spent (and probably in the future, will spend), long days staring at a mass of text on a computer screen that must be gotten through somehow, someway (medical transcription) – and then the next day, there’s another mass of text – a veritable Sargasso Sea, or pile of used tires, or Mount Rumpke Sanitary Landfill amount of text – no, 30 minutes of blogging, tweeting etc could not be better spent…the human mind wants relief. I would consider it cruel and unusual punishment to have to do 8-10 hours of work on a computer, and NOT be able to “brake for blog entries” and what have you. I wish OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health) would mandate scheduled “blog breaks” for computer workers.
I can’t even imagine having to plow through THOUSANDS of queries. I’m sorry, they could be the greatest queries ever, but a thousand is a thousand. The human mind wants relief.
Wanda B. Ontheshelves says
Fun Friday Factoid from Wikipedia:
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In 1996, lightning struck Mount Rumpke, causing a massive landslide . The north face of the mound cracked, then fell forward, exposing 15 acres (6.1 ha) of buried waste . The crack was filled in and Rumpke paid one million dollars as a fine. Attorney General Betty Montgomery called the incident, “the largest trash landslide in Ohio history”.”
I can comment as someone who got an R from you. It was quick and professional and obviously hasn’t scarred me enough that I don’t read your blog anymore.
If someone respects an agent enough to send them a submission, that opinion shouldn’t suddenly change because they don’t get a favorable answer.
I don’t take exception to those who don’t answer, they’re busy and most of them say on their sites that if there’s no answer, assume they passed. People who complain about not getting an answer fail to see that they did in fact get a “not interested”.
Jeannie Lin says
I just want so say that your posts regarding #queryfail and #agentfail have made me lament, once again, the fact that you don’t rep romance.
Thanks for keeping a level head.
Elaine 'still writing' Smith says
Did someone seriously say that Nathan should stop blogging?
Wash out that mouth or typing finger!
Where in the world is Nathan -literally and figuratively?!
Nathan – you take a break from the ‘9 to 5’ any time you like!
Marilyn Peake says
OH. MY. GOD. I found out from The Swivet blog that today is Authorpass and Agentpass Day on the BookEnds Blog. I’m busy and exhausted, but I’m going to try to make some time, even if it’s very late tonight, to go over and leave a nice comment about how many wonderful people I’ve met in the publishing industry – lots of authors, and I’d say you’ve earned a few Agentpass comments, Nathan. 🙂
I really enjoy the insight and camaraderie. I’ve a new blog on writing if anyone wants to check it out.