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15 full requests, 5 offers of representation, and now several major publishers! (YA Contemporary)

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#21 DocScurlock



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Posted 18 August 2016 - 05:52 PM

Mazel Tov!

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Posted 27 August 2016 - 04:27 PM

I re-drafted my query several times, and it took over a month to get it to this stage. I just signed with Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White, and this is the version that she saw. (For anyone interested in stats, I sent this out to 32 agents all at once.) The book is actually going to be slightly different from this query, but still, I hope that this helps anyone beginning on their journey towards representation! Thank you to everyone in this lovely community who helped me along the way. 


Update on 1/19/16: I just accepted a two-book deal with a major publishing house!


Update 8/1/2016: The new title is IF BIRDS FLY BACK and will be available in Summer 2017 from HarperCollins in the US, Macmillan in the UK, Penguin Random House in Spain, etc. Here's the Goodreads, if you're interested: 



This query does contain spoilers!






Thanks so much for the update and congratulations.  We really appreciate it when writers find success through the AQC community here and take the time to return to acknowledge it after they are catapulted into the publishing end zone.  It's inspiring and instructive for all.

#23 RSMellette


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Posted 31 August 2016 - 04:30 PM

And, of course, AQC is still a good resource once you've got an agent and a publishing deal. :)

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#24 Gruffbane


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 10:33 AM

Congrats! You've really worked your way toward success.


And now the really nerve wracking part starts. :)


Oh no what could be more horrible than writing queries and waiting on agents to reply?


This book looks great and wow Harper-Collins!

What is your job, CarlieNoel, that agents stop by and submit stuff in your office?

Just curious.

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