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Authors beat back on agents about querfail | Bücher
They were furious and hurt by the March "Queryfail" on Twitter, where a group of agents twittered about the hardest entries they had been receiving from supposedly released contributors ("My references for the letter of this volume include"): So, when Jessica Faust chose to give novelists a platform for their anger and ask for samples of agents who failed to write, she was welcomed by an outflow of gall from several hundred novelists that lasted for hours.
Let's be quite clear, without us you're nothing," wrote a frustrated author (anonymously - it was interesting that, probably anxious their discomfort might make it more difficult to get bookshops, almost all commenters anonymized). We' ve got long memories and we' re sharing agents' tales the way you share'bad writers' tales.
" The authors were most annoyed by the agents' failure to respond ("It would take month, if not year, to complete a novel.... and what... a full twenty seconds to submit a refusal," Evenstarr1 wrote); many did not ask for a personalized reply, just confirmation that their submissions had been submitted, which seems reasonable enough.
However, I could not take seriously the grievances of two authors who complained that they had to send high-quality inquiry notes ("Please stop pretending to be the most important part of a submission"). It' s an advertisement - and no guaranty that the author can compose a sound 100,000 dictionary," said one, while the other reasoned that "just because we can't compose a good interrogation note doesn't mean that we can do well.
You' ve worked on your manuscripts for month, probably years - it's a good way to make sure it has the best opportunity of being overlooked. But with the publishers fighting in these limited periods and intersecting on personnel and exit, the reality is that fewer and fewer authors who are not sure are going to get things books deal.