Who says agents don’t read in December right before closing? My colleague Sara offered rep to two new clients right as we were closing. She landed them too! It happens. I’m not sure I added those to the Stats. I need to update.
Not to mention, I miscounted my NYT bestsellers. Oi! I forgot the Manga SOULLESS edition which hit #1 no less. Smack forehead.
But if you are curious, I read 16 sample pages the week before we closed. That’s a marathon for me.
And here’s a general idea of why I passed on all those requested submits:
— Really inventive retelling of a well-known fantasy storyline. I liked the writing but I didn’t love where the story went so wasn’t right for me.
— Author had recommend from current client. Read. Enjoyed the sentiment of the story but wasn’t won over so passed.
— Author soon to be published by one of the Big 6 publishers and looking for new rep. Thought the writing was lovely but this particular story didn’t engage me. I have a fairly full client list so I’m very conscious about who I would take on. I’d have to be in the place of “I’ll die if I don’t rep this.”
— a fellow agent who doesn’t rep anything in the children’s realm who sent this author my way. Obviously I’m going to read quickly. Story just wasn’t for me. Def. a taste thing.
— Another author previously repped but changing agents. Cool steampunk world but ultimately I couldn’t connect with the characters.
— Awesome fairy tale retelling/zombie story but alas, I thought it needed too big a revision.
— Author I met a conference. Some lovely writing for a historical novel but ultimately, too literary. I needed to be more plot-driven so wasn’t right for me.
— Current NLA author sent this writer my way. I found a lot to like with the submission. Great world building but it was a romance and I just didn’t feel the passion. Wouldn’t surprise me if this author landed with some other agent.
— Multicultural YA with an inventive premise. Fun but the setting didn’t make a lot of sense to me.
— Submission from a teen librarian and aspiring writer. Love that! This one was close but ultimately a no.
— Another previously published author. Arthur legend type set up. Was burned in the past on this kind of concept so would have been a hard push for me. Better for the author to have someone fresh on the job.
— MG fantasy. Crowded market. Well done but I didn’t think I could champion.
— So a previous work from this writer. I even remembered it. It was historical and a “new adult” work but I didn’t think it was right for me despite this becoming a hot trend.
— Multicultural dystopian with India as setting. Very cool! But having LEGEND by Marie Lu, I’m pretty careful on what I’ll take on for dystopia. But I can see this author getting some interest.Tags: fantasy, literary fiction, middle grade, women's fiction, young adult