Sunday, February 18, 2007

To refresh your memory...

...I'd like to remind the LIT SOUP reading public about two very simple facts.

  1. If you are sending me an e-query, do your research and use the correct e-mail address. Any e-queries sent to jennyrcma@gmail.com, otherwise known as the LIT SOUP blog e-mail address, are being deleted unread. Read the Submission Guidelines, people. They're linked to on the sidebar on the left. And please remember, I don't like e-queries to start with.
  2. Since this still doesn't seem to have sunk into many people's heads, even though I have repeated it ad infinitum... I DO NOT REPRESENT PICTURE BOOKS. Do not send me a query about a picture book--I will reject it. You are just wasting my time, and your own, as well.

24 comments:

Kimber An said...

Well, I knew all this stuff. After my educational run through Queryland last Autumn, this time I'm sending out snail mail queries unless the agent in question only accepts eQueries. Requires more patience, but much more reliable.

brunoflathead said...

But you have to, in some ways, tolerate would-be writers. Knocking on a lit agent's door and getting it to open for him is like pulling teeth from an anemic shark.

It's a long, and sometimes dangerous, process

Anonymous said...

"I DO NOT REPRESENT PICTURE BOOKS"
But what if I'm the ex-wife of a huge Hollywood personality? I'm not joking about this either. I personally know an agent who just made a huge deal with the ex-wife of "so and so" for a picture book about dogs (I'm only one of a few who know about this so I can't mention names without coming off like I'm telling tales out of school). With a large publisher, too. This deal will pay for the agent's fourth vacation house.

Do you know how this famous ex-wife found this agent? From his web site, which clearly states "we're interested in anything with best seller potential". And while I'm sure most of the picture books he gets are awful, all it took was one famous ex-wife with best seller potential to click onto his web site and send off an e-mail.

Yes, most of the "stuff" you get is not best seller material, but by cutting yourself off so bluntly you just may be turning certain people away without realizing it. ...Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

(B)y cutting yourself off so bluntly you just may be turning certain people away without realizing it. ...Just a thought.

Sorry, but this strikes me as really silly. If the agent doesn't have the industry contacts necessary to sell a picture book, then she'd be doing an enormous disservice to the writer if she did sign them. She wouldn't be able to sell the book easily, and the writer would be stuck with an ineffective agent.

One size does not fit all. Agents specialise, and any agent who just bought a fourth vacation home has contacts up the wazoo and can sell on reputation alone. What applies to her/him does not apply to most agents.

Jenny Rappaport said...

I do tolerate new writers, trust me.

But when I get ten queries for picture books, in the space of a week, and I specifically say that I don't represent them (since I don't know the market for them).... it makes me a tad annoyed.

Dr. Hack said...

Jenny:

I have this really awesome picture book that's unlike anything you've ever seen in your entire life I promise it won't disappoint you and you'll change your guidelines just for me this one time because it's such a boundary breaking work of ineffable perfection.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1, you are an idiot.



I will be watching Deal Lunch for this one, because I don't buy it.

Anonymous said...

"One size does not fit all. Agents specialise, and any agent who just bought a fourth vacation home has contacts up the wazoo and can sell on reputation alone. What applies to her/him does not apply to most agents."

Of course it takes years to reach that point in an agent's career, you dear, innocent little bird.

The point here is that Jenny is clearly a talented young woman with great potential who can reach that point in her own career.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 7:40 said...

"Anon 1, you are an idiot.

"I will be watching Deal Lunch for this one, because I don't buy it."


Oh, I'm sure that will make a big difference.

Jodi said...

All the anonymous people are so confusing. It's like watching a faceless person argue with him/herself.

Maybe you anonymous people could make up code names or something for those of us playing along at home.

Jenny Rappaport said...

I totally agree, Jodi. The Anon people need code names!

Even though this is threatening to devolve into an anonymous vs. anonymouse flame war, I do have to say that I'm enjoying the discussion. Thank you for saying that I'm a talented young woman... I'm honestly very flattered. =)

Anonymous said...

I'm anon #2. Call me Ishmael. *curtseys*

brunoflathead said...

Ye gods! The anon arguement sounds like sisters about ready to duke it out. Who reaches hysterically for the hair first?

I say we pop popcorn, pass around the beer, and wait for the fisticuffs to begin.

Whattya say?

Anonymous said...

Ah, well, we all love Jenny, believe she is a talented (and good)woman and can agree on that fact.

Anon Code: This comment was made by Anon @10:47, 7:52 and 7:57; (Usually sign my name to posts but couldn't this time because I could get into trouble for talking about the "ex-wife's" new book.)

Anonymous said...

Of course it takes years to reach that point in an agent's career, you dear, innocent little bird.

The point here is that Jenny is clearly a talented young woman with great potential who can reach that point in her own career.


And it's clear (you conceited patronizing twit), that she's not yet at the point where she can sell books in genres she doesn't represent or have contacts for.

The reason why she said, "I do not represent picture books" is because she knows her strengths. The fact that you "personally know an agent" does not, by itself, qualify you to give her career advice that is in opposition to what her instincts tell her.

~Ishmael (*who is slowly reaching for the hair...*)

katiesandwich said...

There's also this matter: I can't speak for Jenny, but I'm guessing that part of why she became an agent is because she loves books--certain kinds, that is. And the kind of books she reps are the kinds of books she enjoys herself. If she agreed to rep stuff she didn't like, that would take away from the enjoyment she gets from her job. Could she make more money by opening herself up to different kinds of submissions? Maybe, maybe not. But there's more to life than money, and as writers, we should know that better than anyone!

Anonymous said...

Code...Anon@ 10:22 says to Anon@11:50:

Dear little humble bird, I'd neither dare speak for Jenny, nor would I have the audacity to portend her future. I can't predict her instincts and I'm not presumptuous enough (or stupid enough) to believe I know her future desires based on blog posts. But I truly believe she'll be successful at whatever she does...even if it doesn't include picture books, which was only an example.

You, on the other hand, will probably rot in a vinyl chair while eating potato chips wondering what went wrong along the way.

James Dashner said...

I lost track of what the anons were fighting over. Something about Jenny, ex-wives, non-crime-committing-birds, and picture books. How about something more interesting, like why Britney Spears shaved her head?

Anonymous said...

You, on the other hand, will probably rot in a vinyl chair while eating potato chips wondering what went wrong along the way.

Love and smooches, baby. I don't respect your opinion enough to care what you think of me. Fantasize away, if it makes your poor punctured ego feel better about not being taken seriously.

Ooh, Britney shaved her head? Shiny! *wanders away*

Ishmael

kiwi said...

Bad form, Ishmael, you don't disrespect the audience, and James of all people, and with sarcasm. Mate, that's not cool. Focus. Eyes on anon 2, now on with it!

Brunoflathead, are you going to hog all the beer and popcorn?

Anonymous said...

Anon@2:58 says to Anon@6:16:

"Love and smooches, baby. I don't respect your opinion enough to care what you think of me. Fantasize away, if it makes your poor punctured ego feel better about not being taken seriously."

You sure are fighting hard to get that last word, Ishtar. Well, be my guest; have at it so YOUR punctured ego will feel better.

James Dashner said...

Kiwi and I would like to announce that we are actually the two anons and have had quite a jolly time yanking your chains.

Kiwi, I mean, anon 3:16, you suck.

katiesandwich said...

I'm so confused...

Jenny Rappaport said...

I'm officially declaring an end to this flame war between the two anonymous people. I'm closing comments down for this post. If either of the two anonymous people start up in the comments for a different post, I'll delete them.

(And now, I am off to bed, with a horrendous headache.)