April 16th, 2010


letters from the query wars

# of queries read this week: 209
# of partials/manuscripts requested: 3
genres of partials/manuscripts requested: heroic fantasy (1), historical urban fantasy (1), historical/paranormal YA (1)

A few days ago, over on BookEnds, agent Jessica Faust "shockingly" posted that agents want to represent books that make money. She noted that some people use this as grounds for criticism.

Now this same agent has previously waxed enthusiastic about her clients' books, so obviously money isn't all there is to it. As she said in this same entry agenting "has the added bonus of being something I love."

As Lucienne Diver put it, when she added a client to her rather full and busy client list: when we really love something, there’s just no talking ourselves out of it. To which I respond, that's how we roll.

This week I signed a new client too! To some extent, the reasons were fairly simple: There's talent. I love the story. I want to read the sequel. And, oh yeah, what would be the point of having an agent take an author on as a client if they didn't think they could sell the book?

Then the Call would sound like: "Good afternoon -- Agent Jennifer here. I've read your manuscript and I think it's halfway decent even though I've read so many books that are ever so much better. I doubt I can sell it. In fact, I'm pretty sure there's no chance at all. But what the heck - I need to pad out my client list."