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    [Agent] John Jarrold

    Does anyone know anything about John Jarrold in the UK? He runs both a literary agency and a book-doctor business, which is sometimes a red flag; on the other hand, his credentials are impressive. P&E has not heard of him.

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    I semi-know him. He's a member on a SFF forum called the Chronicles where you can ask questions about the big bad publishing world. I don't really know him, but he seems to be willing to give insight in the publishing world.

    This is "his" part of the Chronicles Forum: http://www.chronicles-network.com/fo...ing-board.html
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    I know John Jarrold and he is utterly legitimate. He did a paid edit on my novel which I thought was very well worth it, and he represents a good friend of mine. He is a first class agent who has secured good deals for a number of his clients.
    His blog is here http://jjarrold.livejournal.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylander
    I know John Jarrold and he is utterly legitimate. He did a paid edit on my novel which I thought was very well worth it, and he represents a good friend of mine. He is a first class agent who has secured good deals for a number of his clients.
    His blog is here http://jjarrold.livejournal.com/
    For any individual he will either do an EDIT, or he will REPRESENT the novel. He will NOT do both.

    He is quite ethical and straight-forward in his dealings one of the Absolute Write board people recently was picked up by him; and I wish I had been.

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    I queried him, and he asked for my first 6 chapters, like 20 minutes later. I've never seen an agent move that quick before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloemmarc
    I queried him, and he asked for my first 6 chapters, like 20 minutes later. I've never seen an agent move that quick before.
    Was it an e-query?
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    John Jarrold is brilliant, honest, and has a phenomenal grasp of literature.
    Winner of the Best Drycleaner on the Block Award.

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    Yes, it was. Does that mean he would be interested?


    Quote Originally Posted by DamaNegra
    Was it an e-query?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloemmarc
    Yes, it was. Does that mean he would be interested?
    No, but since e-queries take less than 1 second to reach the agent, it's normal for agents to respond more quickly to your queries. That is what I asked.

    Looking back on it, though, it was a stupid question
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    6 chapters is the usual size of sample he asks for, I believe.

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    I believe that he is excellent, and await his reply with interest. I am wondering though, does he ask for samples of query he receives, or just the ones he's interested in?

    Quote Originally Posted by waylander
    6 chapters is the usual size of sample he asks for, I believe.

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    His website says six chapters are acceptable, but I queried him without submission first, since that seemed like a big lump to dump on him.

    Regards,
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    Did he request your first six chapters then? Did he like them?



    Quote Originally Posted by Popeyesays
    His website says six chapters are acceptable, but I queried him without submission first, since that seemed like a big lump to dump on him.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloemmarc
    Did he request your first six chapters then? Did he like them?
    Yes, I sent them. He did reject but his letter was kind and polite.

    I dropped him a line to thank him for his thoughts and compliment him on his blogsite and to let him know that I did sell the book, and he kindly replied congratulating me and thanking me for kind words about his blog.

    I like the man.

    Regards,
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    Out in print early 2008 from Blu Phi'er[URL="http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/eBook47261.htm?cached"][/URL]
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    Well after talking with him a bit myself, and reading more about, how could you not like the guy?
    I haven't heard back from him or Firebrand who told me to resubmit at the end of the summer, but I am expecting rejections. that way, you don't give your hopes up. When it does happen then, it's all the more special.


    Quote Originally Posted by Popeyesays
    Yes, I sent them. He did reject but his letter was kind and polite.

    I dropped him a line to thank him for his thoughts and compliment him on his blogsite and to let him know that I did sell the book, and he kindly replied congratulating me and thanking me for kind words about his blog.

    I like the man.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    He's a friend of Jon Courtenay Grimwood. Any friend of Grimwood is a ... I wish to be a friend of mine.
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    Who is Jon Courtenay Grimwood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloemmarc
    Who is Jon Courtenay Grimwood?
    Gargle!!!!Splutter!!!

    He is a very talented SF writer. This is his site;

    http://www.j-cg.co.uk/

    I had the pleasure of listening to him speak at Eastercon this year.

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    I am a big fantasy fan myself, but the only ones I have read mostly are Tolkein, King, and Rowling. I haven't heard of many others, but I am seeking to be a fantasy/SF writer myself, and have a trilogy I am trying to send out.



    Quote Originally Posted by SJAB
    Gargle!!!!Splutter!!!

    He is a very talented SF writer. This is his site;

    http://www.j-cg.co.uk/

    I had the pleasure of listening to him speak at Eastercon this year.

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    John Jarrold has recently started a livejournal (here). I submitted to him once before and he read six chapters then requested the full MS before rejecting it.

    But please don't all submit to him. I don't want the competition when I finish my current WIP...


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    Oh, I see how it is, kidding


    Quote Originally Posted by mistri
    John Jarrold has recently started a livejournal (here). I submitted to him once before and he read six chapters then requested the full MS before rejecting it.

    But please don't all submit to him. I don't want the competition when I finish my current WIP...


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    Five former clients of Hill & Hill have already sent queries to John in the last 4 days.
    <br /><br /> Will the next one bundle eye-refresh drops too?

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    I submitted to him, after an e-query.

    He said he'd get back to me as soon as possible - fingers and everythign else crossed over here, which makes walking difficult!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloemmarc
    I am a big fantasy fan myself, but the only ones I have read mostly are Tolkein, King, and Rowling. I haven't heard of many others, but I am seeking to be a fantasy/SF writer myself, and have a trilogy I am trying to send out.
    Bloemmarc; He is one of my favourite British SF writers, suggest trying Geoff Ryman, Justina Robson and Ken Macloud as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloemmarc
    I am a big fantasy fan myself, but the only ones I have read mostly are Tolkein, King, and Rowling. I haven't heard of many others, but I am seeking to be a fantasy/SF writer myself, and have a trilogy I am trying to send out.
    How can you call yourself a "big fan" if you're not widely read in the genre? How can you expect to write for a genre unless you're widely read in it?
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