romance agents

JUST QUERY

>Wow, almost two months since I last posted. I guess those holidays that I swore wouldn’t slow me down, slowed me down.

It’s January 15th — just about the right time to get back into the swing of the normal routine, right? Well, sorta. I’ve got some new things going on that I’ll talk more about later.

Today, I’m talking about submissions. I have a bunch of excuses I could easily (and justifiably) use to delay sending off my next set of queries to the agents one tier down on my list. These include, but are not limited to:

  • I’m working full time
  • My husband is out of town
  • The house is a mess
  • There is laundry to be done
  • There are bills to be paid
  • There is homework to be supervised
  • It’s too late (at night)
  • I have to get up early tomorrow
  • I’m too tired
  • I’m PMSing
  • I’m just going to get rejected anyway

But, I didn’t focus on those (IMHO very valid) excuses. I just opened my computer, brought up my documents and got started. An hour later, my queries are out, and I feel good about that. It’s a little like exercise–you don’t particularly love it while you’re doing it, but you feel much better after it’s done.

So, just ignore your excuses (no matter how extraordinary, they are) and JUST QUERY.

Total sent: 12
Email Q’s: 8
Mail Q’s: 4

I still have 2 partials and 1 full out to agents, sent first of November. Not quite what I’d consider “written off”, but also not particularly promising. I also still have 2 mailed Q’s that have not received a response yet.

Share your querying progress (or woes).

>JUST QUERY

>Wow, almost two months since I last posted. I guess those holidays that I swore wouldn’t slow me down, slowed me down.

It’s January 15th — just about the right time to get back into the swing of the normal routine, right? Well, sorta. I’ve got some new things going on that I’ll talk more about later.

Today, I’m talking about submissions. I have a bunch of excuses I could easily (and justifiably) use to delay sending off my next set of queries to the agents one tier down on my list. These include, but are not limited to:

  • I’m working full time
  • My husband is out of town
  • The house is a mess
  • There is laundry to be done
  • There are bills to be paid
  • There is homework to be supervised
  • It’s too late (at night)
  • I have to get up early tomorrow
  • I’m too tired
  • I’m PMSing
  • I’m just going to get rejected anyway

But, I didn’t focus on those (IMHO very valid) excuses. I just opened my computer, brought up my documents and got started. An hour later, my queries are out, and I feel good about that. It’s a little like exercise–you don’t particularly love it while you’re doing it, but you feel much better after it’s done.

So, just ignore your excuses (no matter how extraordinary, they are) and JUST QUERY.

Total sent: 12
Email Q’s: 8
Mail Q’s: 4

I still have 2 partials and 1 full out to agents, sent first of November. Not quite what I’d consider “written off”, but also not particularly promising. I also still have 2 mailed Q’s that have not received a response yet.

Share your querying progress (or woes).

Selling Agents/Buying Editors

>Thought I’d share some information on who’s selling and who’s buying this week in Women’s Literature/Romance.

But…in an effort to offer unique information I’m going one step further and checking track records…

AUTHOR: DiAnn Mills
TITLE: BEHIND THE SUNGLASSES
ABOUT: women CIA operatives in various parts of the world
AGENT: Janet Kobobel Grant at Books & Such Literary Agency
EDITOR: Karen Watson at Tyndale

Additional info: Kobobel Grant’s October sales: 2 Women’s/Romance titles and 1 non-fiction humor. She recently replied to my query stating she wasn’t taking on any clients at this time.

AUTHOR: Michelle Willingham
TITLE: SLAVE TO HER DESIRES
ABOUT: an Irish medieval romance between a man who has sold himself into slavery and the woman who is to marry his master
AGENT: Carolyn Grayson at Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
EDITOR: Joanne Carr at Harlequin Mills & Boon

Additional info: This is the only Women’s/Romance Carolyn Grayson has reportedly sold this month, although it’s her fourth sold this year. The agency website states none of the agents are currently accepting unsolicited queries.

AUTHOR: Leigh Greenwood
TITLE: NIGHTRIDERS
ABOUT: western historical romance
AGENT: Natasha Kern
EDITOR: Alicia Condon at Leisure Books

Additional info: Natasha Kern is on the top tier of my agents to query list, and for good reason. This is the 8th Women’s/Romance book she’s sold this month. Yes, you read that right — 8th in 1 month! As far as I know, she is accepting queries. She hasn’t yet responded to mine.

AUTHOR: Janet Woods
TITLE: EDGE OF REGRET
ABOUT: a Scottish lass scorns a suitable marriage and finds love on the streets of Edinburgh
AGENT: Bob Tanner at International Scripts
EDITOR: Amanda Stewart at Severn House

Additional info: International Scripts is a UK-based literary firm. This is the second Women’s/Romance he’s sold in three years–his first by the same author in 2004.

AUTHOR: Melanie Jeschke
TITLE: JULLIAN DARE
ABOUT: abandoned as a baby and raised in numerous foster homes, 18 year old Jullian is delighted with her new position as a nanny at a large estate, but she is less certain about her feelings toward the child’s father
AGENT: Joyce Hart at Hartline Literary Agency
EDITOR: Lonnie Hull DuPont at Revell,

Additional info: Joyce has sold 2 Women’s/Romance this month; 4 this year. Hartline is taking queries…I haven’t sent one in yet because they’ve got a marketing plan requirement that might take me as long to work up as an entire novel.

AUTHOR: Leslie Kelly
TITLE: THE BLACK CATS
ABOUT: a series about a new FBI Cyber Action Team tracking serial killers through the Internet, including a vicious murderer attempting to weed out the gene pool by luring victims with the latest email hoaxes
AGENT: Pamela Harty at The Knight Agency
EDITOR: Laura Cifelli at NAL

Additional info: Holy cow — now that’s a fresh idea! The Knight Agency is accepting queries. I recently had a request from a different agent at their house. I’m not sure how you query a specific agent or if you even can. Maybe they rotate query day like Realtors rotate floor days. 🙂

AUTHOR: Maya Banks
TITLE:BE WITH ME and SWEET PERSUASION
ABOUT: Nothing listed
AGENT:Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency
EDITOR:Cindy Hwang at Berkley Heat

Additional info: Ah, Roberta Brown…3 Women’s/Romance sales this month, but 25 so far this year! Her website states she is not accepting queries. Darn!

AUTHOR: Eileen Rendahl
TITLE: UNTHINKABLE
ABOUT: about a traumatized girl who may or may not have killed her parents
AGENT: Pam Ahearn
EDITOR: Micki Nuding at Pocket

Additional info: This is Pam’s first Women’s/Romance sale this month. She’s sold 6 so far this year.

AUTHOR: Syrie James
TITLE: new novel
ABOUT: Charlotte Bronte, en route to becoming a famous author, reveals the truth behind her turbulent relationship with the man she finally came to love and marry
AGENT: Tamar Ellman Rydzinski Laura Dail Literary Agency
EDITOR: Lucia Macro at Avon

Additional info: This is Tamar’s first Women’s/Romance sale this month and this year.

Well, folks, that’s about it for this week in Women’s Literature/Romance sales. Tune in again next week as we peek into the lives of those fortunate author’s who’ve SOLD!

>Selling Agents/Buying Editors

>Thought I’d share some information on who’s selling and who’s buying this week in Women’s Literature/Romance.

But…in an effort to offer unique information I’m going one step further and checking track records…

AUTHOR: DiAnn Mills
TITLE: BEHIND THE SUNGLASSES
ABOUT: women CIA operatives in various parts of the world
AGENT: Janet Kobobel Grant at Books & Such Literary Agency
EDITOR: Karen Watson at Tyndale

Additional info: Kobobel Grant’s October sales: 2 Women’s/Romance titles and 1 non-fiction humor. She recently replied to my query stating she wasn’t taking on any clients at this time.

AUTHOR: Michelle Willingham
TITLE: SLAVE TO HER DESIRES
ABOUT: an Irish medieval romance between a man who has sold himself into slavery and the woman who is to marry his master
AGENT: Carolyn Grayson at Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
EDITOR: Joanne Carr at Harlequin Mills & Boon

Additional info: This is the only Women’s/Romance Carolyn Grayson has reportedly sold this month, although it’s her fourth sold this year. The agency website states none of the agents are currently accepting unsolicited queries.

AUTHOR: Leigh Greenwood
TITLE: NIGHTRIDERS
ABOUT: western historical romance
AGENT: Natasha Kern
EDITOR: Alicia Condon at Leisure Books

Additional info: Natasha Kern is on the top tier of my agents to query list, and for good reason. This is the 8th Women’s/Romance book she’s sold this month. Yes, you read that right — 8th in 1 month! As far as I know, she is accepting queries. She hasn’t yet responded to mine.

AUTHOR: Janet Woods
TITLE: EDGE OF REGRET
ABOUT: a Scottish lass scorns a suitable marriage and finds love on the streets of Edinburgh
AGENT: Bob Tanner at International Scripts
EDITOR: Amanda Stewart at Severn House

Additional info: International Scripts is a UK-based literary firm. This is the second Women’s/Romance he’s sold in three years–his first by the same author in 2004.

AUTHOR: Melanie Jeschke
TITLE: JULLIAN DARE
ABOUT: abandoned as a baby and raised in numerous foster homes, 18 year old Jullian is delighted with her new position as a nanny at a large estate, but she is less certain about her feelings toward the child’s father
AGENT: Joyce Hart at Hartline Literary Agency
EDITOR: Lonnie Hull DuPont at Revell,

Additional info: Joyce has sold 2 Women’s/Romance this month; 4 this year. Hartline is taking queries…I haven’t sent one in yet because they’ve got a marketing plan requirement that might take me as long to work up as an entire novel.

AUTHOR: Leslie Kelly
TITLE: THE BLACK CATS
ABOUT: a series about a new FBI Cyber Action Team tracking serial killers through the Internet, including a vicious murderer attempting to weed out the gene pool by luring victims with the latest email hoaxes
AGENT: Pamela Harty at The Knight Agency
EDITOR: Laura Cifelli at NAL

Additional info: Holy cow — now that’s a fresh idea! The Knight Agency is accepting queries. I recently had a request from a different agent at their house. I’m not sure how you query a specific agent or if you even can. Maybe they rotate query day like Realtors rotate floor days. 🙂

AUTHOR: Maya Banks
TITLE:BE WITH ME and SWEET PERSUASION
ABOUT: Nothing listed
AGENT:Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency
EDITOR:Cindy Hwang at Berkley Heat

Additional info: Ah, Roberta Brown…3 Women’s/Romance sales this month, but 25 so far this year! Her website states she is not accepting queries. Darn!

AUTHOR: Eileen Rendahl
TITLE: UNTHINKABLE
ABOUT: about a traumatized girl who may or may not have killed her parents
AGENT: Pam Ahearn
EDITOR: Micki Nuding at Pocket

Additional info: This is Pam’s first Women’s/Romance sale this month. She’s sold 6 so far this year.

AUTHOR: Syrie James
TITLE: new novel
ABOUT: Charlotte Bronte, en route to becoming a famous author, reveals the truth behind her turbulent relationship with the man she finally came to love and marry
AGENT: Tamar Ellman Rydzinski Laura Dail Literary Agency
EDITOR: Lucia Macro at Avon

Additional info: This is Tamar’s first Women’s/Romance sale this month and this year.

Well, folks, that’s about it for this week in Women’s Literature/Romance sales. Tune in again next week as we peek into the lives of those fortunate author’s who’ve SOLD!