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#1 Dark82

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:43 PM

According to their site,these are their submission guidelines:
Writers House represents fiction and non-fiction, for both adult and juvenile books. Our agents work with literary and commercial fiction, women's fiction, science fiction/fantasy, narrative non-fiction, history, memoirs, biographies, books on psychology, science, parenting, cookbooks, how-to, self-help, business, finance, young adult and juvenile fiction/non-fiction and picture books.

Please send us a query letter of no more than two pages, which includes your credentials, an explanation of what makes your book unique and special, and a synopsis. Also, please include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope for our reply, which generally takes six to eight weeks.

We receive hundreds of submissions a month, all of which receive careful consideration. This takes time, so we encourage your patience. If we request your manuscript, we prefer that you send it to us on an exclusive basis.
However, I submitted to them about three months ago and received a rejection today. It was the strangest rejection ever, as it was sent as a MASS e-mail. There were over a hundred other recipients in the e-mail as well. Not to mention the first e-mail that was sent was blank and was marked Book Recall list. Is this just me? Or is this really strange?
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:51 PM

Writer's House is no-questions-asked legit. If it was sent to somebody like Jodi Reamer (think 'Stephanie Meyer's agent'), you're probably querying a VERY busy lady.

It's maybe a little unusual -- but certainly efficient! (And probably the agent meant to send as 'individual' rejections, but you got to peek behind the curtain.)

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:15 PM

I just got more interesting-I received a REVISED e-mail- I copied:

Dear 1 of 238 Authors I have to mail a standard reply to,

Thank you for your submission to Writers House and for your patience as we considered your query on its individual merits. I regret to inform you that we will not pursue representation. While your work certainly has merit, it simply isn’t right for our list, nor are any of the 237 other queries we are responding to.

Please don't be discouraged. This decision does not comment on the salability of your work, but rather on our present needs and time restraints. I urge you to seek another opinion if you have not already done so. Good luck finding the right home for your work, and thank you for thinking of Writers House. We pride ourselves on treating every aspiring writer as an individual worthy of our undivided attention.

I wish you success in finding representation as I know you will wish me success in learning how to use the bcc function in my e-mail.


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:17 PM

Regardless of how busy this person is, this is the most unprofessional rejection I have ever received. Now I am getting responses from the other authors she rejected since she made all of the e-mails public. I can't believe it!
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:39 PM

Since they're Writer's House, maybe they get extra privelages.... but I don't even think this mass emailing is (now don't jump on me) even legal! And if it IS legal, I can't believe someone that works with an agency as prestigious as Writer's House would send a rejection like this. I mean, it would be all right if it was a simple mistake, but she said in the rejection that she knew she was sending this to 238 people.... I don't get it.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:51 PM

Wow!

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

Weird.

I'm still waiting on a response from Brianne Johnson, who is an agent at Writer's House (is this a bad thing or good thing?!) and I queried Jodi Reamer a couple of months ago and the response was NOT like that. It was not a mass email and quite professional (well. I queried her twice and the first time her assistant got the title of my ms incorrect...)

Who are all of you querying?!
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:56 PM

Hmm...methinks an assistant did something really stupid by accident (or laziness), then attempted to make up for it by making light of it. She's not a real agent nor is she listed on their website, so i wouldn't take it as representative of Writer's House as a whole (nor assistants as a whole - Jodi Reamer's assistant Alex is fantastic and very professional.). This may very well be the first batch of rejections she ever sent - it smacks of a majorly newbie mistake! Sorry you had to get the brunt of it!

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:06 PM

Someone responded on QT under Rebecca Sherman's listing with the same email. Was it Rebecca's assistant who sent it out or was it a pool of rejections from several assistants?

Am also wondering when these people queried -- as I have something into Rebecca right now and didn't get that email. o.O
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:16 PM

[font="&#39"]Amanda E. Accius-Williams[/font]
[font="&#39"] is her name,but that isn't who I queried. [/font]I thought I was querying Rebecca. I am so confused by all of it. The whole thing is really bizarre,because I know that they have a good reputation.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:20 PM

[font="&#39"]Amanda E. Accius-Williams[/font]
[font="&#39"] is her name,but that isn't who I queried. [/font]I thought I was querying Rebecca. I am so confused by all of it. The whole thing is really bizarre,because I know that they have a good reputation.


I just did some googling? It looks like Amanda is indeed Rebecca's assistant.

From what I know of WH? It sounds like it was nothing more than human error. Which, well, happens unfortunately.

Can I ask when you queried? I'm trying to see where I fall into this mess of things.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:30 PM

Let me recount the entire situation...the first e-mail was entitled :
Recall: Writers House Thanks You for Your Recent Query

and it was blank,but had 238 e-mail addresses that were sent to as well

Second e-mail was entitled:


Writers House Thanks You for Your Recent Query

PLEASE DISREGARD THE LAST EMAIL

Jason Rohan <jason.rohan@gmail.com> writes:

I've revised the mail as per below.


AWESOME!



On 22 March 2012 18:52, Amanda Accius-Williams <awilliams@writershouse.com> wrote:






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[font="&#39"]Dear 1 of 238 Authors I have to mail a standard reply to,[/font]

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[font="&#39"]rk certainly has merit, it simply isn’t right for our list, nor are any of the 237 other queries we are responding to. [/font]

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[font="&#39"]Please don't be discouraged. This decision does not comment on the salability of your work, but rather on our present needs and time restraints. I urge you to seek another opinion if you have not already done so. Good luck finding the right home for your work, and thank you for thinking of Writers House. We pride ourselves on treating every aspiring writer as an individual worthy of our undivided attention.[/font]

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[font="&#39"]I wish you success in finding representation as I know you will wish me success in learning how to use the bcc function in my e-mail.[/font]


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[font="&#39"]Best regards,[/font]

[font="&#39"]Amanda E. Accius-Williams[/font]

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:32 PM

I would say about three months ago,roughly.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:37 PM

Oh snap! Nevermind! I just double-checked my queries and I queried them in November! The reason I thought it was sooner is because I I had given up on this particular project but had sent out a few queries a few months ago just to see how things would go. I like to do that sometimes, just to keep the rejections fresh,and keep me on my toes. :)
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:02 PM

Thanks. It gives me a bit of an idea of where I am. I was getting curious because I sent mid-February and didn't get this email... and didn't want to get my hopes up!!
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:14 PM

I sent mine the last day of Feburary, but I queried Brianne Johnson.

...Anyone got news on her? I heard she requests pretty quickly, but I'm hoping she is simply mulling mine over...or hasn't read it yet.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:30 AM

I seem to recall looking up the agent's info on a writer's source site( I think Writer's Marketplace), but based on the company's actual site, they say six to eight weeks. Obviously this is not the case. Most agents will say that if you do not hear from them in that time, then you can re-query,or you can assume that they are not interested.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:21 PM

Okay,so this just got even more interesting. This whole thing snowballed into an entirely different monster. All of the 238 authors that were copied in the e-mail have been replying;one author even threatened legal action for sharing private information so publicly. Now we have all formed some sort of "friendship" over this. I wanted to share a blog that one author wrote about this.

http://thewritecatch...rt-circuit.html
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:23 PM

I sent mine the last day of Feburary, but I queried Brianne Johnson.

...Anyone got news on her? I heard she requests pretty quickly, but I'm hoping she is simply mulling mine over...or hasn't read it yet.


I would say,after reading all of these responses in this "chain e-mail"... don't hold your breath. They are certainly having some issues over there. Every one of these authors submitted a long time ago.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:40 PM

The agents at Writers House seem to operate pretty independently when it comes to queries. I've queried a few at various times, and responses have been anywhere from a day or two to weeks/months. This particular agent obviously has an assistant (or intern) that goofed big-time. It may be that a batch of queries got lost in the wrong folder and they thought this would be a good way to get them taken care of quickly.

(Can't check the blog you linked to just now, so maybe more is known at this point ... I'm just hypothesizing...)
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