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    Quote Originally Posted by picsbypat View Post
    I once got a response from a publisher after 23 months, but i had moved in the time between my first submission and their response, so they may have lost my address.

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    I once got a rejection 2 and 1/2 years after submission--the book had already been pubbed elsewhere by then. (I hadn't moved)

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    Thumbs up

    I equeried Irene in mid-June, pasting in the requested 10 pages and synopsis and received a request for a full last week. For a busy agent, I consider that the height of professionalism. I'd definitely put them at the top of my list for future projects as should those of you with projects fitting their needs.

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    Red face

    Heard in the negative from Barbara Poelle, but with helpful comments and within a reasonable amount of time.

    I would definitely submit to this agency again. They are totally professional and respectful of the writer.

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    I e-queried Barbara Poelle on 8/24 and got a request for the first three chapters on 10/24. I had signed in the interim, but that should give you an idea of her time-line.
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    I have dealt with many agents and never dealt with an agency this disorganized. They lost a proposal, as I found out after calling when 3 mos. had passed. I sent the 2nd one to Barbara Poelle because she was convinced if it went to her it would not get lost. That one got lost, too! She then asked for the proposal by email and I sent that and she quickly asked for the full ms., but said it would take time since Irene was going on vacation> I said I'd wait till after Labor Day because I feared it would disappear like the two proposals had. Get this: I sent the ms. and before it got there they had a meeting and decided my project wasn't for them, so I wasted all that time and money (the proposals were bound and illustrated, printed on good stock, etc., and sent Priority). I should never have bothered sending the book, I suppose, because any agency that can lose two proposals in a row should not inspire confidence.
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    Go with what's said on the agent's website. It's probably more up to date than what's written elsewhere.

    I emailed Irene Goodman in August and got the rejection two days ago with the same wording as yours, Edita.

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    (Re: Weiser & Elwell. Jake Elwell is now with Harold Ober & Assocs. There's no sign Ms. Weiser is still agenting.)
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    Stupid question

    Okay, so I know this is a stupid question, but here goes...

    Back in August, I queried Irene Goodman via email. When I didn't hear from her by December, I chalked it up as a rejection and queried Miriam Kriss instead. January comes, and Miriam Kriss responds to the August query requesting the full, which I happily send to her.

    Now, here's the problem. I just received a rejection from the second query I sent. BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Is that a rejection to the full, or is it just someone cleaning out the system?

    I know I could avoid a lot of angst simply by sending an email to the agent, but I don't want to come across as even more stupid by asking for clarity on a query letter. So I thought I'd get some input from you guys first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgold View Post
    I know I could avoid a lot of angst simply by sending an email to the agent, but I don't want to come across as even more stupid by asking for clarity on a query letter.
    Status-query Kriss about her progress with your full. Either she'll say "Didn't you get the rejection I sent you?" or not. In either case, you don't look like an idiot--it seems pretty clear the folks at IGA are used to mail going astray

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    Miriam Kriss was one of the agents who had my full when I accepted my agent's offer. I emailed her to let her know, and actually got a really nice "Congratulations, and please think of me if you're ever searching for representation again in the future", which actually made me cry a little it was so nice.





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    Irene Goodman Literary Agency

    I recently sent a manuscript to the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. I looked them up and am convinced that they are a reputable agency but I was wondering if any one out here has had any personal experiences with them that they could share.

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    Our beloved David McAfee has direct experience with Irene. You might try giving him a PM.

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    Chris,

    Wrong Irene, dude.
    If I had a signature, you'd be reading it right now.

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    Gak. My mistake, Dave.

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    I'm thinking of queries Miriam. Does anyone have personal experience with her recently?
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    Fionn - I pitched her last Thursday at a conference. She's terrific. Very nice and personable.
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    Thanks, Jen! I've just sent MK a query...*fingers and toes crossed*

    By the way, if you don't mind me asking, what genre were you pitching?
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    I queried Miriam back in March and never received a response.
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    Fionn - YA paranormal. She requested the full so I'm assuming that's the type of thing she's looking for right now.

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    I received a rejection from Irene on May 6th and am wondering of it's okay to query another agent there now. The website doesn't say not to query other agents if rejected by another, but still.... I wouldn't worry about it so much if they had individual email addresses for queries. That's really what's stopping me right now.

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    I don't know, but I was under the impression one person there looked at the queries and then passed them on to the agents it was addressed to if they thought it was appropriate. I could be wrong though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beware_of_Italics View Post
    I received a rejection from Irene on May 6th and am wondering of it's okay to query another agent there now. The website doesn't say not to query other agents if rejected by another, but still.... I wouldn't worry about it so much if they had individual email addresses for queries. That's really what's stopping me right now.
    Personally, if it were a small agency that shared a common email address for queries, I wouldn't query twice because it's most likely that if whoever read the query thought it was appropriate for one of the other agents they would have passed it on. Now, in larger agencies or ones where they have their own email addresses and do NOT specify otherwise, I would have no problem querying other agents in the agency. But this is just my own personal opinion. Good luck either way!
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    That's what I was leaning towards, too.

    Well, darn. I'll just have to give up on Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

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    Fast turnaround from IGA

    I e-mailed IGA with my NF query on Wed Aug 6, heard back from "Claire" on Sat Aug 9 (works on Saturday?) asking for 3 chapters by e-mail.

    So, no postage needed and I NEVER include my chapter text in an e-mail -- try sending it to yourself, it always looks awful.

    I send the query--even if they ask for a query and sample chapters--and tell them I can send the chaps as an attachment.

    When they respond, I ask if they prefer a word.doc or PDF, and most prefer word.doc.

    And I had to chuckle at the LONG overdue rejection letters (years???) and those who appreciate "nice" rejection letters. I think I have always received nice or kind rejection letters--it's the professional thing to do so I don't think it's anything to be excited about. (A NO is still a NO.)

    I find e-mail rejections tend to be a little shorter and to the point!

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