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#21 kiva555

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:08 AM

Wow. I like that your query is succinct and tight. Not a lot of extra. :) Nice work.
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:12 AM

Congratulations!

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:08 PM

Nice work!! Congrats.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:25 AM

Congratulations on such a positive response to your query. It is clear to me what kind of story you are presenting here and what is at stake. Really easy to see that the story is a gripping one and something that will appeal to a lot of readers. Well done!

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 12:14 PM

Wow! I was so blown away about how simple but genius this letter is! You just got right to the point and eveything was very clean. Was this the entire letter? Again, wow! I'll be getting this book when it comes out.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:22 PM

So awesome! :)

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:34 PM

I am NOT surprised. You're an amazing writer, Steph! Besides, a good query is nothing without a great, well-written book. It's really your book, your story, your words, that got you all the offers. Congrats! Very well-deserved. :)
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:27 AM

Congrats, Stephanie!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:06 AM

Congrats, Steph! That's amazing! So happy for you! *does super happy dance* :biggrin:

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:08 AM

Ahhh! That's such great news! Well deserved - congrats!!

 

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 10:51 AM

Congrats! You have a fantastic query, and I really hope you get an offer of representation (and a publisher) for it. You even picked my two current favorite books as comparables :). I will totally have to put EXTRACTION on my to-read list.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:02 PM

WOOT WOOT!!!! Have you decided yet? Have you? Have you? That is awesome. You'll get someone who shares your vision for sure if you get a choice!!!! This is awesome with a dollop of awesome and a side of awesome!! Okay, so excited for all the wonderful agent action happening for folks on AQC today that I am beyond making sense!!

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:24 PM

Yes, I'm officially represented by Alison Fargis of Stonesong now. For those who haven't heard. :)

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:52 AM

Congratulations, Stephanie! Sorry I didn't say it sooner, just now saw this! But that is such great news! Ms. Fargis is a lucky agent to have you!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:33 AM

Congrats! Your book sounds cool!

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:46 PM

Yaay! congratulations, Stephanie.


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:33 PM

Been meaning to chime in for a while. Better late than never. Congratulations! It sounds like it'll be a great read.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 01:35 AM

Along with the whoots, (mine already registered), I am curious about the pattern of your queries. For this project how many did you submit? What was your rate of submission? (i.e. did you string out queries once a day, twice a day, 100 a day?) What was the filter you used to determine who to query? Did you query your top agents first or start at the bottom of your list.

All of this is by way of saying in my brief tenure here, I knew you to be a very advanced ingenue. You made some decisions selling this book and I'd like to know what your strategy was because it worked!

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:11 AM

Tom, I'm happy to share! I definitely made mistakes along the way.

I started querying in January. I'd sent 20 or so queries when I decided the query wasn't working. I tried out a couple other variations to see if they would work any better, but they didn't. In early February, I happened upon the query for Across the Universe by Beth Revis and realized her model might work better for my story. So I whipped up the query posted above and sent it out without letting anyone critique it. :tongue: It was a risk, but it was the first query I was actually happy with, and it soon got me requests.

I sent queries in small batches--honestly, it was a random process, though I did make a point of saving agents higher on my list for later. I'd send more once I got a request, maybe only 2 or 3, maybe 10. I was very spontaneous. In late February, I got a call out of nowhere from an agent who'd requested a full. This was not The Call--he basically told me what was wrong with my book and gave me some suggestions for fixing it. I agreed with his thoughts, and realized I'd queried too soon. I held off querying for a month while I revised the book. About a week after I started querying again, I got an R&R, so again I held off querying while I did another revision. After that second revision, I sent out more queries, and a week later I had an offer.

Long story short--I sent out almost 140 queries, because I screwed up and had a query that wasn't working at first. I had 26 requests, mostly for fulls.

One interesting note: after I got my query right, I re-queried a couple agents and got full requests. One turned into the R&R. Another turned into an offer of rep, though I didn't end up picking that one. So, re-querying can work, if the query is completely different and the story is stronger. :happy:

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