During the month of November, we received 107 query letters and declined fifty-nine. We received twenty-five requested sample chapters and declined twenty-six. We requested six more. We also received one requested proposal and asked to see three more. We received one manuscript that we’d requested. During the month of November, we offered representation to one author.Noted. Consider my expectations
In October 2005, In October, we received 134 query letters and declined ninety-two. We received twenty-five requested sample chapters. declined thirty-five. We requested twelve more, as well as two proposals. We received two requested full manuscripts and requested four more. We offered representation to one client.
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In July 2005, we received 110 queries and declined seventy-four. We received twelve requested sample chapters and declined fourteen. We requested sixteen sample chapters and five proposals. We declined five requested proposals. We received two requested manuscript and requested two others. We declined one requested manuscript. We also received two revised manuscripts from current clients that require review. We did not offer representation to any new clients.
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Why Are We Telling You All This?
Well, honestly, it's not to discourage you. We just want to set your expectations at a realistic level.
Then I ran across this, from an interview with 'Augusten Burroughs', author of the adolescence-in-hell reminiscence, Running With Scissors:
Many writers are hardly "overnight success" stories. How long did it take for you to get where you are today? Any rejection-slip horror stories or inspirational anecdotes?Awright. Plow forward. I will throw myself at the sandaled feet of the Goddess of Tenacity.
I was rejected by every agent I contacted, except one. And he's still my agent today -- Christopher Schelling with Ralph Vicinanza, Ltd. As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected, either by agents or publishers. You absolutely must plow forward. I believe that if you have real talent as a writer, a true gift, you will eventually be published. But it may not happen according to your schedule. And it may not happen with the first manuscript you create. Or the second. So you have to be, if not patient, at least endlessly tenacious.
Incidentally, I found that interview by accident while searching for Mr. Schelling and the Ralph Vicinanza agency. Which is also still closed to queries. Unless you're recommended by Someone Important. ...any of you feel Important and know these guys?
恐竜 == kyouryuu == (noun) dinosaur
Henshall suggests remembering this character as 'stand' (立) and 'electricity' (電), and as a mnemonic:
'Try to get dragon to stand on electricity.'