Yes, I have re-opened to Queries!

Hello, friends. I went on a temporary query hiatus last fall while I moved agencies. In case you missed the shift, as of October 2017, I am a proud member of the team at Root Literary! (Note: email sent to me at Waxman Leavell will no longer reach me.) 

I have now re-opened to submissions; my revised guidelines are here and more info about the kinds of projects I'm seeking are here. Also recently updated: the Events page of this site, which includes conferences where I'll be in attendance in 2018. 

Happy reading and writing!

 

Update for Querying Writers & Illustrators, Feb. 2017

Oh, dear. Remember the days when we all used to regularly update our blogs? Clearly, I'm not so good at it as I once was (you're more apt to find me on Twitter)! But a few housekeeping updates: 

1. Last month marked my one-year-iversary of the Agenting Life. Thanks for being here with me.

2. If you queried before 2/25/17 and have not had a personal response requesting a full manuscript, I'm sorry, but I've concluded that I'm not the right agent for your work, so it's a pass for me. 

3. This also means that Query Mountain has, for but a fleeting moment, been vanquished! (That's about 5K queries over the course of 13 months, for those who like stats.)

4. If you're waiting to hear from me on a requested full, I'm sorry! I read every query and full manuscript myself (no interns, no assistants, no outside readers, plus client needs always take precedence) and so I can only read at the speed of, well, my eyeballs. But I am working very hard to catch up. You'll hear from me soon. 

5. And if you're in the querying trenches, do take heart: a full half of the offers of representation (including both authors and illustrators and author/illustrators) that I made over the last 13 months have been to writers/illustrators who arrived in my submissions inbox otherwise entirely unknown to me. And every time the process works successfully like this, I absolutely cheer, so please do keep your queries and submissions and portfolio shares coming.

6. If you're the conference-attending sort, I've recently updated my Events page with some places I'll be in 2017. I'd love to meet you at one of them 

7. Captain Von Smooch sends greetings to all who have taken time to acknowledge him in their queries. He'd add a personal note here, except that as of late he's been spending his time obsessed with the artistic practice of breaking the fourth wall and with discovering new endings. Literally. 

Happy writing and art-making, friends! 

 

Update for Querying Writers and Illustrators #2

Hi friends, just a quick note: if you queried me on or before APRIL 1, and have not received a request for a full manuscript, I am sorry, but I have determined that I am not the right agent to represent your work. If I have requested a full manuscript but have not yet responded, know that I am still reading, and you will receive a direct response, no matter my decision. My current reading time on fulls is slower than my reading time on queries, but I'm hard at work, catching up. Thanks to all of you for your patience as I've worked to find the rhythms of my agenting life over the past few months. Thanks, too, to all who have chosen to query me--I'm sincerely sorry that I cannot say yes to all of you (but since Query Mountain has now grown in excess of 2,000 queries in 4 months, I'd need about 600 extra sets of eyes and hands to make that happen)!

Update for Querying Writers and Illustrators #1

Hello, authors and illustrators! And my, but there are a lot of you creative folk out there! Since opening to queries two months ago, I have received over 1,300 queriesThat's rather a lot of reading (especially when you add in sample pages and portfolio perusals), but I am grateful for the chance to consider each project, and I've been diligently attacking Query Mountain each day. 

To that end, here's an update: if you queried me on or before MARCH 1, and have not received a request for a full manuscript, I am sorry, but I have determined that I am not the right agent to represent your work. If I have requested a full manuscript but have not yet responded, know that I am still reading, and you will receive a direct response, no matter my decision. My current reading time on fulls is running about 8-12 weeks, and occasionally longer. And if you queried after March 1, I'll get to your query as soon as I can! I will also continue posting regular date-by alerts like this to my blog, to help you know (in the collective sense, at least) whether your query is still under consideration.

And, while I am unable to respond personally to each query due to the sheer volume, please know that I am inspired by each of you who makes the effort to connect with readers by sharing your creative talents. It has likewise been a delight to be reminded by many of you of conversations had and connections made while at writers' conferences or via social media. And to those of you who don't have a personal connection with me, I promise that you're in no way at a disadvantage: in fact, the last two clients I've signed arrived as cold queries in my inbox, and I am now delighted to be working with each of them to further their publishing careers. And lastly, my feline assistant, Captain Von Smooch, has been delighted by the leagues of writers/artists who have paid him homage in their letters. 

More here soon, including an updated Manuscript Wishlist! But for now: back to reading, reading, reading!