Read Books By AWers!

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

editing for authors ad

A publisher or agency using Google ads to solicit your novel probably isn't anyone you want to write for.


Go Back   Absolute Write Water Cooler > Discussion > Bewares, Recommendations & Background Check
Register FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-13-2010, 02:41 AM   #26
jennifer williams
practical experience, FTW
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 102
jennifer williams is on a distinguished road
I was wondering, since Rayna is building her own client list, is it appropriate to send a query to the agency addressing her? Or should I still have it addressed to Robert and hopes she reads it? The reason I'm wondering is cause I already wrote this agency off as I didn't think his client list matches my novel.

However, after reading her blog (thanks Stikan for providing that!) I think that she would be a good fit.
jennifer williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 02:54 AM   #27
Stikan
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
 
Stikan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 27
Stikan is on a distinguished road
Jennifer,

I used the online form provided on their website to query. But I'd say, since the guidelines say to address the query as "Dear Robert", I would honor that.

I think she reads all the queries, and I know Robert is trying to help her build her client list and knows what she is looking for. I'm sure he'll pass it along to her if he reads it first and thinks she may like it. No worries :-).

Tip: She really likes the beginning of the book to start with an immediate, decisive action pertaining to the main plot.
__________________
"The dream that you don't fight for is the one that will haunt you the rest of your life." - Herb Copperbottom (Robots)

http://www.stinakanaris.com
Stikan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 03:04 AM   #28
jennifer williams
practical experience, FTW
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 102
jennifer williams is on a distinguished road
Thanks for your advice! I just sent my query in. Hopefully the wait won't be too long. Good luck to everyone else with their partials!
jennifer williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 03:43 AM   #29
Roly
silly puppy monster
 
Roly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: in other people's soups
Posts: 1,527
Roly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Thanks! Good luck to you too
__________________

Feather Bound (YA Magical Realism/Strange Chemistry Books/Spring 2014):
*Now available.*
Add on: Goodreads
Purchase Links and Sample Chapter


D.S. (YA Fantasy): *with agent, awaiting the go ahead to catch the sub-go-round.*

My twitter is real.
Roly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2010, 04:53 AM   #30
Stikan
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
 
Stikan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 27
Stikan is on a distinguished road
Good luck guys! It took them about week to request my partial and only two days to get back to me on it. You guys should be getting a response pretty soon :-)
__________________
"The dream that you don't fight for is the one that will haunt you the rest of your life." - Herb Copperbottom (Robots)

http://www.stinakanaris.com
Stikan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2010, 07:17 PM   #31
Roly
silly puppy monster
 
Roly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: in other people's soups
Posts: 1,527
Roly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsRoly is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krista G. View Post
P.S. Mr. Astle's assistant did give some very personalized feedback in her rejection, which is always nice. Frustrating when it doesn't correspond to what other agents have said, but nice nonetheless.
Got a rejection from her today. Took her 11 days from partial to rejection. Frustrating as well because I changed the opening specifically because some agents and readers complained they didn't feel connected enough with my MC and it started a bit too quickly. So after getting feedback to maybe start a little bit earlier to get more of a feel for the character (but still with some interesting action etc), I get:

We would suggest that you start your story later so that there is more immediate action to draw the reader in; we also suggest that you decide what the central concept of your story will be and focus on that as soon as possible to stop your readers from being confused.

Man I just don't get what I should do at this point :\
__________________

Feather Bound (YA Magical Realism/Strange Chemistry Books/Spring 2014):
*Now available.*
Add on: Goodreads
Purchase Links and Sample Chapter


D.S. (YA Fantasy): *with agent, awaiting the go ahead to catch the sub-go-round.*

My twitter is real.
Roly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2010, 08:26 PM   #32
Twizzle
Cluck that.
 
Twizzle's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Middle of the road.
Posts: 1,442
Twizzle has a golden reputationTwizzle has a golden reputationTwizzle has a golden reputationTwizzle has a golden reputationTwizzle has a golden reputationTwizzle has a golden reputation
Roly. Check your reps. If you like your new opening, if you think it's better, don't sweat it. It's one, subjective opinion.
__________________
"You're not a schmuck. You're just sort of a schmuck."-Giant Baby 2010

"Actually, I take that back. There's no 'sort of' about it."-Giant Baby 2011
Twizzle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2010, 09:07 PM   #33
WaterLilly
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 4
WaterLilly is on a distinguished road
Hmm... sent her a partial on the 8th but haven't heard back. I wonder what that means...

Maybe she's just reading them out of order.
WaterLilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2010, 09:20 PM   #34
Stikan
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
 
Stikan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 27
Stikan is on a distinguished road
I agree with Twizzle, Rory. If you like it, don't sweat it.

She pretty much had the same thing to say about mine about the opening and the whole immediate action thing. I actually went to Barnes and Noble just to study some openings in YA books to see what others had done and a lot of them didn't start with the immediate action she is looking for. Remember, tastes are different :-).

Waterlilly, Rayna isn't a paid worker at Astle, Robert kept her on until she can find somewhere else to go as a full time gig. She reads as many partials as she can in the morning before going to her day job, then comes back at night and does a few more. Maybe her day job has just been crazy lately?
__________________
"The dream that you don't fight for is the one that will haunt you the rest of your life." - Herb Copperbottom (Robots)

http://www.stinakanaris.com
Stikan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2010, 09:34 PM   #35
WaterLilly
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 4
WaterLilly is on a distinguished road
No, I know her job(s) have been crazy. I was just wondering if she was reading them out of order because Roly has heard back from a partial sent on the 11th and I'm always paranoid my emails get lost in cyberspace.
WaterLilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2010, 09:57 PM   #36
Stikan
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
 
Stikan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 27
Stikan is on a distinguished road
Yeah I can relate! You never know!
Maybe she just loves your partial so much she keeps wanting to read it over and over and over... ;-)
__________________
"The dream that you don't fight for is the one that will haunt you the rest of your life." - Herb Copperbottom (Robots)

http://www.stinakanaris.com
Stikan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2010, 02:02 AM   #37
Epiphany
Don't kill the bar, Dude.
 
Epiphany's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: California
Posts: 5,031
Epiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsEpiphany is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Did Rayna fall off the face of the planet? Anyone?
__________________


Track of the Week: Harald Kloser: The End
Epiphany is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2010, 02:31 AM   #38
HapiSofi
Hagiographically Advantaged
AW Moderator
 
HapiSofi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,058
HapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsHapiSofi is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by WaterLilly View Post
I wonder what that means...
That's seldom a productive question to ask about submissions.
__________________
Winner of the Best Drycleaner on the Block Award.
HapiSofi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2010, 09:38 PM   #39
Little1
Hakuna Matata
 
Little1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: york, PA
Posts: 1,298
Little1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsLittle1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsLittle1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsLittle1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsLittle1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsLittle1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsLittle1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsLittle1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsLittle1 is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Any current info? I sent my q in on 4/30 and no response. Should I put this as closed or send a nudge?
__________________
In Progress:
Prince$$ Ti@ of Alumin@ Querying :S
Little1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2010, 01:47 AM   #40
Reikigirl
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 34
Reikigirl is on a distinguished road
Robert Astle & Associates

Hello...I recently got a partial request for the first 50 pages of my manuscript from this agent. I had read on another thread that he generally gets back to people within a week on their partials, however, it's been three weeks now and still no word. I was wondering if anyone has dealt with this agency and, if so, whether his response time has changed. I appreciate any feedback you folks can offer me on this. Thanks so much.
Reikigirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2011, 04:53 AM   #41
MJWare
Kidlit gang, Junior member.
 
MJWare's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Nor. Cal.
Posts: 1,025
MJWare is a glorious beacon of lightMJWare is a glorious beacon of lightMJWare is a glorious beacon of light
I just got a partial (first 3 chapters) request from Robert. Not much action here, so I thought I'd post. We'll see how it goes.
MJWare is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 12:26 AM   #42
ladyjerusalem
Mastering the art of telepathy.
 
ladyjerusalem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Wherever I stop.
Posts: 100
ladyjerusalem is on a distinguished road
Was going to query this agency until I read this sentence on the HOME PAGE:

"We also believe it takes an agency that will provide detailed editorial notes and sound career advice to develop and support a writers' career in the sometimes-bewildering world of literary and commercial publishing."

Wow.
__________________
"If I still think it's brilliant tomorrow, it might actually be."

JJ Martin

Query Letter Help:
http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com...ulQueries.aspx
ladyjerusalem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2011, 02:01 AM   #43
Laura Droege
figuring it all out
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: southeast U.S.
Posts: 73
Laura Droege is on a distinguished road
QT has these authors listed as ones he represents or has represented in the past: Don Donaldson, Nelson Erlick, Leonce Gaiter, Deirdre O'Connell, Jean Davies Okimoto, Lewis Perdue, Allen Wyler

Hope this helps someone. BTW, I didn't check out their Amazon listings, websites, etc., for accuracy. I'm just saying what the QT page says!
__________________
lauradroege.wordpress.com
Laura Droege is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 03:04 AM   #44
pavtbr
practical experience, FTW
 
pavtbr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 182
pavtbr is on a distinguished road
Query Sent

Sent a query for my historical fiction today via the submission form on the website. Will post back when I hear a response.
pavtbr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2013, 11:07 PM   #45
F.L.N
The Old Curmudgeon
 
F.L.N's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Backwoods of Puget Sound
Posts: 482
F.L.N is on a distinguished road
I have been unable to contact Robert at robert@astleliterary.com and I have been unable to find submission info on his web sight. Anyone have a suggestion?
__________________
Before going into battle, Vikings would ingest Amanita muscaria. In addition to being moderately poisonous, Amanita muscaria eliminated fear causing them to be feared warriors earning Vikings the nick name berserkers
F.L.N is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2013, 11:22 PM   #46
Aggy B.
Not as sweet as you think
 
Aggy B.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Just north of the Deep South
Posts: 7,466
Aggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsAggy B. is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by F.L.N View Post
I have been unable to contact Robert at robert@astleliterary.com and I have been unable to find submission info on his web sight. Anyone have a suggestion?
Comments on Querytracker indicate he was autoresponding at the beginning of the year to say his agency was closed.
Quote:
"The Agency will close for good- Jan 1st 2013. Please visit www.astorandblue.com and check out our terrific list of authors."
That link is to a digital first publisher. Perhaps he changed businesses?
__________________
_________
A.G.C.

The Spider Thief and The Sorcerer: Crowded Magazine
The Collections Agent: Available NOW!

A.G. Carpenter
@Aggy_C

Last edited by Aggy B.; 10-07-2013 at 11:24 PM.
Aggy B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 05:20 PM   #47
F.L.N
The Old Curmudgeon
 
F.L.N's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Backwoods of Puget Sound
Posts: 482
F.L.N is on a distinguished road
Thanks Aggy B,

I'll take him off my list.
__________________
Before going into battle, Vikings would ingest Amanita muscaria. In addition to being moderately poisonous, Amanita muscaria eliminated fear causing them to be feared warriors earning Vikings the nick name berserkers
F.L.N is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Custom Search

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

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)


All times are GMT +4.5. The time now is 02:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.