STATUS: Chutney is asleep. I need to follow that example.
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? COULD YOU BE LOVED? by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Today I took fellow literary agent, Kate Testerman, out to lunch. We even had a pint of beer (Kate) and a glass of wine (Kristin) to celebrate.
Why? Because her author Ransom Riggs has a novel that’s been slowly climbing up to the #2 spot on the NYT list for the past 12 weeks. #1 spot is within spitting distance.
I would be talking about Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
Darn right we need to celebrate that. After all, we agents are notoriously bad at actually doing celebratory moments to acknowledge our achievements but can cite every book we passed on that then became successful. LOL.
So it was an enforced celebration because hitting the NYT list is an achievement. Staying on for 12 straight weeks is an achievement. Have sales increase rather than decrease over that 12 weeks is huge and last but not least, hello! The #1 spot is not out of reach.
If you haven’t, you might want to buy this book this week is all I’m saying.
So Sara and I are out with Kate celebrating this amazing debut when Kate mentions there is a brouhaha going on about an agent’s policy to respond to every query or simply say “no response is a No” and authors should move on.
I gotta get myself on twitter. I’m always missing the hoopla.
Actually it was more of a discussion than a brouhaha but it was causing comments aplenty.
Our stance? We respond but that’s mainly because I have the amazing Anita who screens all queries and pulls out the ones I actually need to look at. Without that, trust me, I’d probably seriously consider the “no response means a No.”
We can get upwards to 200 queries a day.
That’s crazy people!
This day alone we received 4 calls from nonfiction writers with deals on the table looking for an agent.
We don’t even rep nonfiction and none of them were memoir. How on earth do people find us is what I want to know.
Now if Sara and I read a partial or a full manuscript, we do offer a line or two on why we are passing but trust me, when I’ve read 12 submissions and I know it’s going to take me at least 40 minutes to type in my one or two lines of feedback, I seriously consider whether it’s worth the time.
I could just hit the NO button and be done. Trust me, it’s tempting. Very very tempting.
But for now, we still add the line. If I were a writer, which I’m not, I’d so appreciate that personal note. So we keep that in mind but we aren’t inured to the day when that might not be a possibility.