AW Amazon Store

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.


 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Jane Chelius Literary Agency

  1. #1
    Mediocre Sorceress sirensix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    A constant state of self-doubt.
    Posts
    465

    Jane Chelius Literary Agency

    Anyone know anything about this agency? More specifically, has Jane ever sold anything other than mysteries?
    Last edited by sirensix; 01-26-2006 at 06:33 AM.
    Please be gentle... I'm doing the best I can!
    Debut novel out from Simon & Schuster in 2016

  2. #2
    (not his real name)
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Detroit
    Posts
    1,701
    This might be a stupid question, but have you checked out their web site? It includes a client list.

  3. #3
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin LoisLane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Prague
    Posts
    27

    Question Jane Chelius

    Does anyone have any experience with query responses? How long she takes to request/pass? I have read her Web site and profile on AQ but I would like to get a handle on some real-time situations. Thanks.

  4. #4
    Absolutely Fazed
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    2,536
    My information is from August '06, but I show a non-response from an email query.

    The Agent Turnaround Times blog shows 7 comments, mostly non-responses.
    http://community.livejournal.com/age...und/27547.html

  5. #5
    What? I have a title? Julie Worth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Posts
    5,198
    I've queried her on several books, and her response has been consistently no response.

  6. #6
    Oh, what a ride GJB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    America's Finest City
    Posts
    173

    Jane Chelius

    I've pitched to her at two conferences. Each time she asked for a partial. Each time no response, not ever. The second time I pitched, I mentioned the first no response. Blank look, then "I remember now, so sorry, why don't you send again since you've reworked it," then nothing again. Her son's in her agency now. Maybe he's better about such things. g.

  7. #7
    Who's going for a beer? waylander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    6,669
    I queried them by e-mail 3 years ago and got a std rejection from Mark Chelius in about 2 weeks.

  8. #8
    Lost in the Fog rugcat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    East O' The Sun & West O' The Moon
    Posts
    16,273
    I also emailed a query about three years ago and got no response.
    Urban Fantasy rules:Play Dead My Website

  9. #9
    practical experience, FTW mysterygrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    129
    I snail-queried Chelius a couple of years ago when I was seeking representation. She responded in about a week, requesting a partial. A couple of weeks later, she requested the full via email. A rejection followed a couple of weeks after that.

  10. #10
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin LoisLane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Prague
    Posts
    27
    Thanks, that's all really helpful. I guess it's like many others, if I never hear back I can assume the worst. LOL. At least, I can move on in peace in a couple of months.
    Last edited by LoisLane; 03-30-2008 at 03:54 AM. Reason: ugh, misspelling *smh*
    LoisLane~~

    "Once you choose hope, anything is possible." ~~ Superman, Christopher Reeve

    CHILD SUPPORT: 82K+: Querying, querying, querying, 2 partials, 1 full and passes like a Superbowl football
    WIP: NEWSROOM: OUTLINE
    WIP: FINDING MY FUTURE: 1,000 and counting

    LoisLane's Metropolis --opinion blog about current events

  11. #11
    Chin up. sarahfru's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    Posts
    19
    Quote Originally Posted by Julie Worth View Post
    I've queried her on several books, and her response has been consistently no response.
    Same here. No-reply = No-wantie.

  12. #12
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    14

    Wink Delivery Failure

    I keep trying to send an email that comes back as a delivery failure. Reading this thread, I'm not sure it would make much difference if it got through.

    Anybody else having the same trouble or who can give me a better address. I am using: mark@janechelius.com. This is what the link on the website defaults to.

  13. #13
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Mobile, AL
    Posts
    1
    Habs, according to their website, Mark no longer works there...

  14. #14
    for the love of love Lydia Sharp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    CLE / Wonderland
    Posts
    1,726
    Not sure when the website was updated, but there is now only one email address listed for queries: queries@janechelius.com, and the guidelines make it very clear that they ONLY respond if they are interested in seeing more. Also, that response would be sent within 3-4 weeks of receiving the query. So if you don't hear from then inside of a month, you can assume they aren't interested.

    (Maybe.)

    The problem with this, as is the case with most agencies who employ a "no response = not interested" policy, is that if they don't send you a confirmation of receipt of your query then you can't be certain that the lack of response is because they aren't interested or if they never received the query in the first place.

    Lydia Sharp
    author represented by Laura Bradford
    editor with Entangled Publishing
    frequently on Twitter


  15. #15
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,098
    Now closed to queries entirely. Anyone have recent contact?
    ICAO
    ---------

    Censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. -- Henry Steele Commager
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  16. #16
    Super Browser triceretops's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    In a van down by the river
    Posts
    13,512
    I remember this agent as being a non-responder.

    tri

  17. #17
    In the Center of things Vandal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    The Outer Limits
    Posts
    1,269
    From PM:

    Jane Chelius
    is closing her eponymously named literary agency
    and retiring at the end of the year. Chelius said in the announcement: "Thanks
    to all of the wonderfully talented writers and fellow editors and agents I’ve
    worked with over the years; you made my career interesting and worthwhile. Now
    I'm looking forward to seeing more of the world and its birds, playing with my
    grandkids and reading lots more books."
    Running On Empty available now.

    The Right Hand Rule
    available now.
    My website

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search