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Archie1989
06-13-2011, 12:34 AM
I sent a query to the Talcott Notch Literary Agency about a month back, and a week or so ago, one of their interns emailed back requesting my full. Last week she sent me an update, saying that she was in the process of reading it and that she loved my characters so far. She was careful to say that they hadn't made a decision yet, but that she was excited to finish the book.
Now, obviously my first reaction is to be psyched beyond belief, jump up and down, and shriek in delight. However, I'm wondering if I should be a little more reserved because of the fact that she's an intern. Does it even matter if she loves the book?

Medievalist
06-13-2011, 12:43 AM
Yes, it matters. Interns don't fall off trucks; they compete for the internship.

She's the first pass reader; she'll direct the agent's attention to specific aspects of the book.

So cross your fingers.

third person
06-13-2011, 12:56 AM
They reached the status of gatekeeper for a reason. The best ones become great agents themselves. Have faith in their skills.

Jamesaritchie
06-13-2011, 01:16 AM
It matters. Interns generally cannot say yes to a book, but they can rave about the book to the agent who can.

Cyia
06-13-2011, 01:19 AM
It was an intern who saved Twilight from the trash bin, so take that for what you will.

third person
06-13-2011, 01:34 AM
It was an intern who saved Twilight from the trash bin, so take that for what you will.

I take it they earned a sweet finder's fee/commission.

Susan Littlefield
06-13-2011, 08:28 AM
Interns rock.

kellion92
06-13-2011, 04:51 PM
I would definitely love an intern who loved my book.

Archie1989
06-13-2011, 06:32 PM
=] You guys just made my day. So much of what I've read about trying to get published has started to turn me into a cynic, but I'm glad that at least this good news is actually that- good news.

Tromboli
06-14-2011, 08:16 PM
It was an intern who saved Twilight from the trash bin, so take that for what you will.

I didn't know this. Interesting.

quicklime
06-15-2011, 12:55 AM
I sure as hell love any that might be reading my posts.....


yes, it isn't an agent, but they are hired to pre-sort for the agent. it isn't an acceptance, but it isn't the same as your mom asking for a full, either; they are the ones tossing 99% of what hits their desk.

ZapAdRem
06-19-2011, 03:08 PM
I'd be very excited by an intern telling me they liked my book. It's a foot in the door.