June 5th, 2009

books

one more book to give away

Thursday's book goes to empress_maeuve -- congratulations! Please contact me at jjackson [at] maassagency [dot] com and let me know which of the books listed you'd like me to send and where to send it.

Still accepting new entries until Friday (that's today), 5 PM EST. Details here. I will post Friday's winner at the end of business today, either right before or right after query wars.
books

thank you and friday's book give-away

Thanks to everyone who commented on the sweet sixteen post and helped me celebrate. Here's to the new stories that will be discovered in the next year....

Friday's book goes to stevenagy -- congratulations! Please contact me at jjackson [at] maassagency [dot] com and let me know which of the books listed you'd like me to send and where to send it.
books

letters from the query wars

# of queries read this week: 205
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 3
genre(s) of partials/manuscripts requested: urban fantasy (1), historical fantasy (1), mystery (1)


I've spent this week celebrating my years as an agent -- as an advocate for my clients -- by giving away books.

Many, many, many of those clients came to me via the initial contact of a query letter. That letter was where my journey with these authors began. Not everyone can afford to go to conferences and meet agents face-to-face. Few can obtain the rare referral. In that respect, queries level the playing field. They present an opportunity.

The query wars belie their name by attempting to clarify, to assist, to improve, to demystify the process. If they are to continue to attempt that pursuit, in what ways have they been most helpful in the past? What kinds of entries are the most illuminating? What new ground could they cover?