Open To Submissions!

Happy 2019 everyone! New year, new start. I am pleased that I have reduced the number of submissions in my inbox to under 5. In part thanks to to the help of my wonderful assistant, Amber, who is an excellent reader. In 2018, I received over a thousand queries while I was open to submissions during Aug-Nov. Of those I ended up signing two clients. Both in the adult literary speculative space, Veronica Henry and Yume Kitasei. Very excited to introduce their amazing projects to the world in 2019. Both were cold queries, but both had done careful research and knew their projects were exactly to my taste. For neither was this project the first they’d written. So their persistence and research paid off. The query trenches are difficult, but it is where the majority of authors are picked up by agents, despite rumors to the contrary. So don’t give up! Cheers, and I look forward to reading.


  • Michael Eidson

    January 1, 2019 at 9:59 am Reply

    Happy 2019, Mary! Thank you for sharing. These kinds of posts help ground writers and motivate us to only submit our absolute best.

    In 2019, may you place lots of books with publishers, and maybe find an exciting new client or two!

  • Jan M Flynn

    January 1, 2019 at 9:13 am Reply

    It’s truly helpful to hear how many queries you received, and of those whom you signed and why. The more realistic a sense writers have of the business, the better equipped we are, so I appreciate that info — as well as your encouragement!

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