For a limited time only, here at the L. Perkins Agency, we'll be offering a unique twist on the standard form rejection letter...
...instead of just getting told politely that the material isn't for us, our temporary intern will be writing out personalized rejections to your query letters to me, saying why they didn't work for her. Her name is Jodi Meadows, and she'll be blogging about her experiences amidst the query slush piles, in a similar manner to how I do the mailbag posts. Everything discussed will be kept vague for professional reasons; no personal details about authors or titles will be revealed. Jodi wanted to get some experience reading slush, and I'm always happy to take on interns whose taste is similar to mine. This also gives my current electronic intern a wee break from dealing with new queries for two weeks, as he studies for his comprehensive exams (he's still going through my backlog, never fear).
Here's how it's going to work:
Any queries that you send to me from July 9th-July 23rd, using my standard submission guidelines (see sidebar), will be forwarded on to Jodi. Please only query, if you truly do have a completed novel that meets my guidelines. Jodi will read the query letters, and write personal rejections for the ones that are not suitable for the agency. Any queries that are for material I would find interesting will be sent back to me, and I'll be requesting partials for them. (This is a similar manner to how most agents work with their interns.) Any material sent after July 23rd will be read by myself and my regular intern, and will go back to receiving form rejections, if it is not suitable for the L. Perkins Agency.
Enjoy the personalized rejections while they're here!