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I needn't have worried. [Jun. 26th, 2006|07:27 pm]
Agents Say The Darndest Things!
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242 East Fifth Street
New York, New York 10003


Dear Author,

Thank you very much for thinking of Mary Evans Inc. Unfortunately, after careful consideration we have determined that your material is not quite right for us.

We apologize for the impersonal response. Given the large number of queries and manuscripts we receive every week, we are unable to reply to each submission individually.

Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to consider your work and we wish you the best of luck.

Carlotta Vance

We apologize for the impersonal response.

If I had a dollar...

after careful consideration

So careful, in fact, that they addressed their response to "Dear Author". Riiiight.


Writers House LLC
21 W. 26th Street
New York, N.Y. 10010

June 20, 2006

Jennifer James
123 Easy Street
Bump, Texas 12345

Dear Jennifer James,

Thanks for sending your query letter for THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK, but I don't think I'm the right agent for your work. I wish you the best of luck in your search for representation.

Maya Rock

This chick has a quick response time. How novel. =)

I'm really bummed about the first one. I actually queried an agent named Tanya McKinnon. I've read really good things about her. I think I'm gonna do some more research tonight 'cause I'm not 100% sure she's still with Mary Evans. I read an article from 2004 (I think) that said she'd just left Mary Evans, but when I searched her on agentquery.com it gave the Mary Evans address. But who knows how up to date those listings are.


In other news

I was reading Essence magazine a few weeks ago and discovered that my mom's oldest sister attends church with Kimberla Lawson Roby. She's known her for years, and was good friends with her mom (who passed away a couple of years ago). Of course the first thing that popped into my head was "!!!!!"

Do I dare? You know what I'm talking about. On the one hand I don't want to be one of those folks who expects someone I've never met to go out of their way to help me (I'm sure Ms. Roby is sick and tired of friends and neighbors bending her ear about their aspiring writer relatives), BUT (knew that was coming, didn't ya?) can I really afford to pass up this opportunity?


As Whitney Houston would say, "Hell to the no!!!"

I'm printing a copy of 'the book' tomorrow and sending it to my aunt. =)