Today I was officially back to work at the agency (although I sort of cheated a bit over the holidays and started getting caught up on queries). I thought I'd first take the time to quickly welcome new readers and reiterate a few basic things for those of you who may not have been following along from the beginning:
First, I'm happy to receive queries from anyone who wants to send one. However, do note that I no longer accept paper submissions. I haven't since June of 2008. All snail mail queries that come to my attention at the agency go right into the recycling bin. I make some exceptions for graphic novel queries, and those exceptions are spelled out in my submissions guidelines. For everything else, email only, please.Okay, now that that's out of the way, a quick update:
Please don't send me attachments unless I write to you and ask for them. Queries with unsolicited attachments are deleted without being read. What constitutes an attachment? Anything at all that isn't just the text on the screen. Don't send jpgs or tiffs, mp3s or pdfs. Don't send vcf cards. Don't send a company logo or a scan of your signature. Don't send animated gifs. If your email software attaches those funky little windat files to your emails, get rid of them. Basically, all we want to see in an emailed query are words on the screen. Period.
I don't represent screenplays, nor does anyone else at FinePrint.
I don't represent poetry; ditto the above.
While I have a particular interest in SF/F, YA, YA SF/F and LGBT fiction, in point of fact I'll happily look at a query for just about any kind of fiction except religious or Christian fiction. If you simply aren't sure about your manuscript, send me a query. I'll tell you if I think it's too faith-based for me and point you toward some very good agents who do represent faith-based fiction. Additionally, I'm probably not your best bet for category romance. But everything else is fair game!
Fulls & Partials: I know I've been very behind in responding to fulls and queries. Mea culpa! I've starting getting caught up and some of you have already heard from me today. I'm going to be spending the month of January getting caught up on all fulls and partials I still have outstanding.That's about it. I'll be offline for a little while this week. I'm sure y'all can entertain yourselves!
Queries: For the most part, I'm now caught up on queries through the middle of December. There are a handful from November that I'm still holding onto because sometimes I have to sit on a query for a little if I get a good feeling about it and I'm just not sure yet. But I'll get through the rest of those this week.