What NOT to Do

August 1st, 2014

Though we’re still behind, Renee and I have been doing our best to get to all of your queries, and while it’s true we do use a form response, we absolutely look at every single one of them. How are we going to find a diamond in the rough if we don’t actually LOOK at […]

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“Everybody Gets Rejected”

May 1st, 2012

On Twitter yesterday, Penguin executive editor Anne Sowards posted “An offer I made was turned down. Everybody gets rejected.” And it’s worth reiterating — rejection isn’t just something that happens to authors. Rejection happens to agents, when we fall in love with a manuscript only to find the author already has multiple offers of representation, […]

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Guest Blog by Trish Doller: Take Two

March 1st, 2010

We all know how the publishing process is supposed to go. You write a fabulous book, then land your dream agent, who sells your book to a publisher. A year later–voila! You’re a published author. Except, it doesn’t always work like that. Sometimes that first book never finds a publisher. Sometimes the project dies along […]

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When Do You Give Up?

February 11th, 2010

I wish this post was just off the cuff, and not in connection with anything I’m doing, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. The sad fact about publishing is this: not everyone is going to make it. Sure, in this technologically evolving world, you can take your manuscript that’s been roundly rejected and self-publish it, […]

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Ask Daphne! About codewords

March 6th, 2009

Really eye-catching shoes, but how do you walk in them? for Pablo, who wants to know, “What does it mean when an agent rejects a manuscript and says, ‘I didn’t make a strong enough connection with the manuscript to offer representation.'”

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