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    Caryn requested a full BUT a couple weeks later, I received a personal rejection on my query? I'm going to assume she meant to reject my full instead of my query and chalk it up to a simple typo. I know I've had my fair share of them

    Aside from the moment of confusion (on my part), I'm sure she'd be a wonderful agent for anyone lucky enough to land her. Good luck!

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    Queried Feb. 17 request for partial from Caryn yesterday (March 21)! Fingers crossed...

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    So I haven't heard from Caryn since March 21. That means it's been two months that she's had my partial. What to do?

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    OK, here's an oddball question for ya.

    I queried this agency about 4 weeks ago and just read the guidelines on their site, that if I haven't heard in 4 weeks, to feel free to resubmit. This was only the first or second agency I queried, and I was using my original query letter (I call it Letter A), which was pretty crummy. I have since modified it and am now sending out Letter E, which is a hundred times better! So, if I resubmit after 4 weeks, is it okay to send Letter E?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flygal716 View Post
    OK, here's an oddball question for ya.

    I queried this agency about 4 weeks ago and just read the guidelines on their site, that if I haven't heard in 4 weeks, to feel free to resubmit. This was only the first or second agency I queried, and I was using my original query letter (I call it Letter A), which was pretty crummy. I have since modified it and am now sending out Letter E, which is a hundred times better! So, if I resubmit after 4 weeks, is it okay to send Letter E?
    I would say yes, go ahead and submit the new one. Maybe wait one more week though, just in case.
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    Caryn Karmatz Rudy represents best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson (Backseat Saints, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia). Not sure whether she has always repped her, but she's certainly done well by her.

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    I queried Kate Garrick in May and received an autoreply that she was on maternity leave and would respond after 9/6/11. I got a nicely-worded form rejection today. That seems like a pretty prompt reply, considering that it's only been around 2 1/2 weeks since she returned to work. (And with a new baby, no less!)

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    Adam Schear

    Has anyone submitted a query to Adam. Am preparing to send one and wanted to know if anyone has had any dealings with him. He represents historical fiction, which is the best category my book falls into. I will post back when I have received a response.
    Thanks!
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    Pavtbr, did you ever get a response from Adam? I sent a query recently and wanted to know what to expect in terms of timing. Thanks
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    No response yet

    I sent my query to Adam on 10/14, but haven't heard anything back. I have two other queries that have been out longer (9/27 and 9/30), so I haven't given up on this one yet. I still feel pretty new to querying and such. I just got a response back a couple of days ago from another agent, and the turn around time was 51 days. I keep pretty close tabs on all of my responses, and the average response time so far has been 12 days. So, my advice is to be patient, but by all means, send out more queries in the meantime.

    I'll post back when I do hear something. Good luck to you!
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    Thank you for the info Bryan. Sometimes I feel as though I'm alone on an island and my queries are lost in the Bermuda Triangle. Of course, when the Rs come in I'll feel like hiding under a rock My queries have all been out about 2-3 weeks. I'll let you know my stats too. Best of luck to you too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatliner View Post
    Thank you for the info Bryan. Sometimes I feel as though I'm alone on an island and my queries are lost in the Bermuda Triangle. Of course, when the Rs come in I'll feel like hiding under a rock My queries have all been out about 2-3 weeks. I'll let you know my stats too. Best of luck to you too!

    Anita
    I think we all feel like we're on an island sometimes. But that's what this site is good for, to give us all helpful advice and a much needed confidence boost from time to time. Don't despair, the perfect agent for you is out there someplace. It's just a matter of finding out who that person is
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    Has anyone queried Mathew Elblonk recently and heard anything back?

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    I just got a response from Adam yesterday on the query I sent in October. It was a rejection unfortunately. But for anyone who is waiting to hear on a query, it appears that it is taking a long time to read them, but they are responding.

    Good luck to everyone!
    Bryan

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    According to Querytracker, Meredith Kaffel, who used to be with Charlotte Sheedy, is now with Defiore.
    represented by Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency. Most happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsJudy View Post
    According to Querytracker, Meredith Kaffel, who used to be with Charlotte Sheedy, is now with Defiore.
    Has anyone here queried her? Know of any response dates? I'm thinking of sending her a letter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlossomQueen View Post
    Has anyone here queried her? Know of any response dates? I'm thinking of sending her a letter.
    Do it. About 6 months ago, I got the most lovely rejection letter ever. She was warm and enthusiastic, and her advice (though it was painful to admit) was spot-on. 3 other agents had all told me the same thing, but the way she phrased it made it much easier to hear.

    She's top of my list for my WIP, when it's ready.

    She was also really quick--requested the full within a few days, sent me a follow-up email when she started reading the full. Then there was a lag of a couple months, but it turned out that was because she couldn't decide whether to reject or not. She didn't just say, No, thanks. She took some time to think about it. So I didn't really mind the wait, once I knew the reason for it.
    represented by Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency. Most happy.

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    Just queried Adam today with my YA historical. We'll see how it goes.

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    I also received the nicest rejection from Meredith. She responded to my query in a week. I would definitely go ahead and query her.

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    I queried Adam Schear on 6/26 and got a request for the full same day. He's fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsJudy View Post
    Do it. About 6 months ago, I got the most lovely rejection letter ever. She was warm and enthusiastic, and her advice (though it was painful to admit) was spot-on. 3 other agents had all told me the same thing, but the way she phrased it made it much easier to hear.

    She's top of my list for my WIP, when it's ready.

    She was also really quick--requested the full within a few days, sent me a follow-up email when she started reading the full. Then there was a lag of a couple months, but it turned out that was because she couldn't decide whether to reject or not. She didn't just say, No, thanks. She took some time to think about it. So I didn't really mind the wait, once I knew the reason for it.
    Thanks . I sent the letter the same day as the last post but she hasn't responded yet, but I'm definitely willing to wait. Does anyone have a list of genres she reps?
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    Talking

    I queried Caryn Karmatz-Rudy on 7/5/12 and received a very nice reply with a request for a partial on 7/16.

    I sent her 100 pages last night, so we'll see

    Literary Fiction

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    E-queried Brian DeFiore on 7/18. Received a full request from his assistant on 7/19. (Fingers crossed....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCakeNovelist View Post
    I queried Caryn Karmatz-Rudy on 7/5/12 and received a very nice reply with a request for a partial on 7/16.

    I sent her 100 pages last night, so we'll see

    Literary Fiction
    That's great! Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCakeNovelist View Post
    I queried Caryn Karmatz-Rudy on 7/5/12 and received a very nice reply with a request for a partial on 7/16.

    I sent her 100 pages last night, so we'll see

    Literary Fiction
    I queried Caryn Karmatz Rudy in July also, and just got a partial request 10/12/12. Sent her 100 pages tonight, contemporary women's fiction. Any news on your partial?

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