Does anyone have any experience with query responses? How long she takes to request/pass? I have read her Web site and profile on AQ but I would like to get a handle on some real-time situations. Thanks.
I've pitched to her at two conferences. Each time she asked for a partial. Each time no response, not ever. The second time I pitched, I mentioned the first no response. Blank look, then "I remember now, so sorry, why don't you send again since you've reworked it," then nothing again. Her son's in her agency now. Maybe he's better about such things. g.
I snail-queried Chelius a couple of years ago when I was seeking representation. She responded in about a week, requesting a partial. A couple of weeks later, she requested the full via email. A rejection followed a couple of weeks after that.
Not sure when the website was updated, but there is now only one email address listed for queries: [email protected], and the guidelines make it very clear that they ONLY respond if they are interested in seeing more. Also, that response would be sent within 3-4 weeks of receiving the query. So if you don't hear from then inside of a month, you can assume they aren't interested.
The problem with this, as is the case with most agencies who employ a "no response = not interested" policy, is that if they don't send you a confirmation of receipt of your query then you can't be certain that the lack of response is because they aren't interested or if they never received the query in the first place.
Jane Chelius is closing her eponymously named literary agency
and retiring at the end of the year. Chelius said in the announcement: "Thanks
to all of the wonderfully talented writers and fellow editors and agents I’ve
worked with over the years; you made my career interesting and worthwhile. Now
I'm looking forward to seeing more of the world and its birds, playing with my
grandkids and reading lots more books."