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    Mary Kole = dream agent. Le sigh. Will query again eventually with another project but will wait.

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    Decided to add my voice/experience here. I queried Mary Kole on 12/12 and got a very nice rejection today, 12/16. She seems very nice and I will definitely query her again with my next project after such a nice experience.

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    Just queried Laura Rennert, one of my dream agents. Queried her a long time ago with my first project and she never responded. I'm hoping for better luck with this new one. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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    I queried Jennifer on 1.1 nothing yet!

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    Advice needed (also posted on query tracker). I sent first couple of pages of mss to Ms. Kole this summer for a contest she did on her blog. She complimented the pages and asked for more info and asked that I query her when I had finished it. I queried her in September, and when I didn't hear back, nudged in November. (Thought it might have gotten lost.) I know she sends rejections, but I still haven't heard anything. I don't want to nudge again, but if she didn't get them, I don't want to give it up. Suggestions?

    (Edit 2/22) Saw where she had sent rejections only days after receiving a query, so assumed mine got lost and resent in January. I haven't heard anything, so I'm assuming this is a no response = no. Surely all three emails weren't lost, considering all other queries have been getting through to other agents. Closing it out because I think it would be unprofessional to send any more. I'll admit, I'm a little sad about it. I'm really impressed with Mary Kole, and I kind of had high hopes she would be interested.
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    @TeacherLady, I don't have any suggestions beyond what you've already done. It seems a bit odd she hasn't replied to your nudges, but she's probably busy. I hear she has a "maybe pile" so there might be hope. I'm thinking you should receive a response by early March at the least, considering your re-query last month -- maybe.

    I also thought Mary Kole was a "NR = No" agent, as the submission guidelines imply on their site. So I closed out my query sent in around the end of December (the 30th I think). Today I got a personalized rejection. She was high on my wishlist and is a great agent.
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    Received my rejection today. Surprised, as I had closed this out, but disappointed nonetheless. I will admit I was really hoping she would want to see more. She seems to be such a great agent - good luck to all those still waiting.

    Thanks, jehhillenberg, and sorry about your R.

    Luckily, had a partial request from another agency yesterday, so that did soften the blow. But only a bit. : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeacherLady View Post
    Received my rejection today. Surprised, as I had closed this out, but disappointed nonetheless. I will admit I was really hoping she would want to see more. She seems to be such a great agent - good luck to all those still waiting.

    Thanks, jehhillenberg, and sorry about your R.

    Luckily, had a partial request from another agency yesterday, so that did soften the blow. But only a bit. : )
    Thanks. And congrats on the partial!
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    I pitched to Ms. Kole at a conference a few months ago. She was quite nice, but I could tell from her reaction to the pitch that she wasn't all that into it. She mentioned the difficulty of selling boy POV in YA fiction, as well as the fact that the (admittedly bizarre) premise struck her as more MG than YA, but she told me to go ahead and send her stuff. Anyhow, sent a query and pages on 4/1/12 and got a form rejection today. Ah, well. So it goes! I may query ABLA again for a different project, if needs be. They seem like an awesome agency.

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    I queried Mary with my young adult steampunk in January 2012. In March, I received an offer of representation from another agent, which I accepted. I heard back from Mary today asking for the full if I would make some adjustments. I told her I already had an agent – who had suggested those same adjustments. Mary emailed back her congratulations and told me that if I ever need representation in the future, to contact her. She seemed very professional and kind.
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    Congratulations on your offer, JayliaDarkness! Best of luck on submission!

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    Congrats JayliaDarkness!

    I sent a query out to Jen Rof from AB this week and I’m anxiously waiting to hear back from her. Anyone have any idea how long she takes to respond?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wisteria Vine View Post
    Just queried Laura Rennert, one of my dream agents. Queried her a long time ago with my first project and she never responded. I'm hoping for better luck with this new one. Keeping my fingers crossed!
    Wish you the best of luck! I am also hoping when I start querying to send my piece to her as well.
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    Mary Kole announced on her blog today that she's moving to Movable Type: http://kidlit.com/2012/05/09/big-announcement/

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoyMC View Post
    Mary Kole announced on her blog today that she's moving to Movable Type: http://kidlit.com/2012/05/09/big-announcement/
    Very interesting change. I had an R&R with Mary a year ago or so, and I'll definitely be querying her with my new book at her new agency. Her clean slate might be a good chance for me.
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    Oh goodie. I had already planned on breaking the "don't query more than one agent" thing and querying Mary if my r&r doesn't pan out. Now this makes a completely non-problem.

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    Laura Rennert

    Has anyone queried Laura Rennert lately?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thundergirl View Post
    Has anyone queried Laura Rennert lately?
    Yes, I did on 5.8. I haven't heard back yet.

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    Does anyone have stats on Jen L.? She's had my full for 2+ months. Now, I know that's not all that long for a full, but I'm still losing hope.

    I checked on QT, but there's not much there.

    Can anyone instill me with some hope?


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    JennL has taken 3-5 months on fulls of mine in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    JennL has taken 3-5 months on fulls of mine in the past.
    Thank you, Sage. That helps a lot!

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    I queried Laura Rennert on June 21st. Still waiting to hear back--they have a six week window, I believe--but I'm not terribly optimistic. I don't think they respond unless they want material.
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    Woo-hoo!

    EQ'd Caryn Wiseman on 8/1 and just got a full request! She said she may take 8 weeks. Super excited for my first ABLA request. It's middle grade contemporary (multicultural).

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