Declining a Partial

August 24th, 2011

Over the past few days, I’ve been tackling the backlog of partials I’ve requested, and I sent off several responses today to authors declining their books. With partials, unlike queries, I do try to give a reason as to why I’m passing, and I wanted to share a little of the thought process behind the […]

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Ask Daphne! Revising to resubmit

April 24th, 2009

Stina shares a question from the Absolute Write forums: If an agent rejects a partial or a full and gives you a reason why, and then you not only fix that problem (with the intent of moving on), but also several other issues the agent didn’t mention but their existence seriously weakened the writing, is […]

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A New Start! (and a look back)

April 6th, 2009
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I’m standing at what feels like a fresh new start, even though we’ve been running now for over a year (and I went through 410 posts this weekend updating tags to prove it!). But having a new site, both visually and on the back end, where the technical stuff and webmonkey resides, feels like a […]

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Ask Daphne! About memoir pitches

June 16th, 2008

Rose shoes for Susan, who writes, “I’m trying to find an agent to represent my memoir about my time in China, specifically when I was married to a man from rural, central China. My query letter seems to be working: I’ve had half a dozen requests for my proposal or sample chapters after sending out only 20 letters. Of those requests, I’ve already received three rejections. Some agents think I need to broaden the scope of my readership and that a memoir about failed marriage to a guy from a completely different world won’t sell. One suggested that I pitch it as a look into Chinese culture from the perspective of an American woman who becomes part of a Chinese family. Do you have any thoughts about that? Would a women-focused memoir sell? Or should I open it up to entice men to read it, too?”

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No means No… unless it doesn’t

January 11th, 2008
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Unfortunately, in much the same way that I can’t respond more personally to every query, I can’t respond personally to every writer I’ve rejected who asks for a more detailed rejection. But I can give you some hints here.

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