Now THAT’S class . . . recommending an agent

Third time’s the charm, I suppose. I got my third and final query rejection from a somewhat new agent, but she has been so classy in rejecting my work (LOVE IS THE BRIDGE, CAMILLE’S TRAVELS, and LITTLE RITUALS) that I want to recommend her to you. You could do a lot worse than send her a query–that is, if you have something that fits her needs and wants.

I’m disappointed that we didn’t connect, but anyway, she put it very kindly.

“I’m so sorry to be saying no to you again, but I’m going to pass on
LITTLE RITUALS. I actually rather liked your query, but the sample
you included didn’t captivate me. Since we’ve struck out three times, perhaps it would be best if you tried another agent. I’d be open to hearing from you again in the future, but it seems like we’re just not meshing at this particular moment in time.”

Story of my life. But anyhow, that was class. She made me feel as if she’d actually read the work. If some of the agents out there who are far less compassionate would follow her example, the world would be a nicer place.

Study up on her before you query, though. She’s Jessica Alvarez, new to BookEnds. Check those guidelines first.

As Scarlett always said, “Tomorrow’s another day . . . unless it isn’t.”

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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