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Thread: Shelf Life Literary (Marissa Walsh)

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    Shelf Life Literary (Marissa Walsh)

    New, but I think I found one sale (on Publisher's Lunch via google search, but I don't have a subscription). Not listed on P&E.

    Anybody have any info?

    http://www.shelflifelit.com/

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    YA?

    I see it says "children's books" on her website - do you think that means she reps YA?

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    FWIW, her bio at Gotham Writers' Workshop mentions she works with YA.
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    Thank you!

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    Hi guys, I just received a request from Marissa to read the first chapter of my novel, which is YA. So...I'd say reps Young Adult, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotsoec1 View Post
    Hi guys, I just received a request from Marissa to read the first chapter of my novel, which is YA. So...I'd say reps Young Adult, too!
    When did you query, Dot?

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    Marva, I queried on 10/29.

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    Good luck, Dot!

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    Thanks!

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    Anyone else heard back from Marissa Walsh one way or the other? I'm still waiting on a Halloween query myself.
    THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015)
    DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015)
    DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE (Bloomsbury Children's, Winter 2019)

    www.kristavandolzer.blogspot.com

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    I'm still waiting on a query, too. It was around Halloween that I sent it.

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    Hi, all. I'm just wondering what everyone thinks about this situation:

    I just received a partial request from another agent, and Ms. Walsh's website says to inform her when you receive a manuscript request, not just an offer. I already mentioned in my query that the manuscript was under consideration by several other agents (and it still is under consideration by those agents), so do you think that disclosure suffices...or would she want to know about this request, too?

    I certainly don't want to be annoying and I'm leaning toward not directly informing her of this most recent request. But does anyone have any particular feelings on this?
    THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015)
    DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015)
    DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE (Bloomsbury Children's, Winter 2019)

    www.kristavandolzer.blogspot.com

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    Yup. These agents have us terrorized to the point where we don't know which way to step.

    This would give her a heads-up that somebody else is interested. My reading is that she want to know if someone has requested a full, not a partial. Many request partials, but never move on to fulls. I'd only email her on a full request.

    Hmm. Do I have a full request? Could I lie about it? Yah, sure you betcha.

    Krista, I think you're on solid ground to leave it alone and see what happens.

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    I agree with Marva, Krista! Good luck!

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    Thanks for backing up my gut instinct I think that's what I'll do.
    THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015)
    DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015)
    DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE (Bloomsbury Children's, Winter 2019)

    www.kristavandolzer.blogspot.com

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    UPDATE: I ended up getting a full request not long after the partial request mentioned above, so per her website instructions, I e-mailed Ms. Walsh with an alert (this was on November 23). Today I received a reply to that follow-up e-mail. She thanked me for the initial query and follow-up and said that even though she didn't do much fantasy, since she liked my blog and bio, she was interested in taking a look.

    (I tweaked the plot summary and bio paragraph in my query to better match the guidelines on her website, by the way, and it seemed to work.)

    P.S. Dotsoec1, have you heard back on your partial yet? If so, what was the turnaround time?
    THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015)
    DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015)
    DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE (Bloomsbury Children's, Winter 2019)

    www.kristavandolzer.blogspot.com

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    Nope...haven't heard a thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotsoec1 View Post
    Nope...haven't heard a thing...
    Hmm. I just received another e-mail from Ms. Walsh, confirming that she'd received my manuscript and informing me that she'd try to respond by February 1.

    Did you get anything like that, dotsoec1? Could it be she never received your pages?
    THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015)
    DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015)
    DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE (Bloomsbury Children's, Winter 2019)

    www.kristavandolzer.blogspot.com

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    Hmmm...interesting....I never received a confirmation email. Following your suggestion, I sent her an email this morning to confirm if she received my pages. We shall see...

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    Received a request for a full today! Here's looking at a favorable response!

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    Woot, woot, dotsoec1! Good luck with that! Of course I'll update when I hear back.
    THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015)
    DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015)
    DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE (Bloomsbury Children's, Winter 2019)

    www.kristavandolzer.blogspot.com

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    Heard back from Ms. Walsh on my requested full last Friday...with an invitation to revise and resubmit! Her only problem with it was the fact that it might not be grounded enough in YA to sell in that genre, so if I decide to make some changes in that regard, she said she'd love to see it again.

    Woohoo! She also asked about what other projects I'm working on, which I'm always eager to talk about, especially with an agent. I have to admit, that e-mail made my day
    Last edited by Krista G.; 01-13-2010 at 11:15 AM.
    THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015)
    DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015)
    DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE (Bloomsbury Children's, Winter 2019)

    www.kristavandolzer.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krista G. View Post
    Heard back from Ms. Walsh on my requested full last Friday...with an invitation to revise and resubmit! Her only problem with it was the fact that it might not be grounded enough in YA to sell in that genre, so if I decide to make some changes in that regard, she said she'd love to see it again.

    Woohoo! She also asked about what other projects I'm working on, which I'm always eager to talk about, especially with an agent. I have to admit, that e-mail made my day
    That's so exciting! Congrats! I feel like we are submitting to the same agents. I received a request for a partial a few days ago and sent it. Has anyone worked with this agent?
    Young Adult Contemporary: submitting, 77,000 words
    Sequel: In progress 48,00 words
    Paranormal young adult: In progress
    Young Adult: Developing

    4 fulls rejected, 4 partial rejected, 2 fulls waiting

    Queries: 200+ Sent

    Just got to keep trying

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    Very exciting, dreamwriter. You'll have to let us know how it goes.
    THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015)
    DON'T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015)
    DON'T SOLVE THE PUZZLE (Bloomsbury Children's, Winter 2019)

    www.kristavandolzer.blogspot.com

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    If this helps anyone, I responded to Ms. Walsh's request for my kids nonfiction picture book. I emailed the MS on Jan. 12, and she responded very favorably to my MS 22 days later (thrilled here of course!).

    Had it not been just after the holidays, she may have responded sooner.
    But she does respond fairly quickly, and she is very pleasant to communicate with.

    And in my opinion, she has some of the top (okay, impeccable) credentials for YA/kids lit.
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