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12:19 pm on Monday, January 7th, 2013

Blasdell Rejection, and Why I’ve Been MIA

Perhaps you’ve heard, but round two of The Great Querying Adventure has ended rather disappointingly. Behold the process, in a nutshell:

Party in question: Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency

Query sent: December 2, 2012

First answer received: December 10, 2012

Read as follows:

Can I see 50 pages and a plot synopsis as attached word or pdf files please?

I would call this a promising response, but it actually promises nothing. It was progress, though, for Ms. Blasdell to be interested enough in my query letter to request a piece of the manuscript. I’m beginning to see that writing a captivating query makes a tremendous difference in an agent’s general response. It’s the “inside cover description” of your novel, if you will. Does the description of your book really pop in the humdrum sea of queries an agent must wade through each day?

I’ll probably post my original and improved query side by side at a later point so you can see the stark difference that complete restructuring made.

Second answer received: December 30, 2012

Read as follows:

This is not for me, but thank you for the look.

Succinct, as most rejections are. Particularly disappointing because Ms. Blasdell is a staunch advocate of sci-fi/fantasy, rather than one who merely tolerates the genre as part of her job.

Anyhow, you may have noticed that my writing has come to a complete standstill of late. To make a long story short, in addition to having been engaged in holiday busyness, our little family is in the middle of a cross-country move. We’ve been packing up our house, shipping our things to the East Coast, living out of bags and tending to our sick selves/a sick baby meanwhile. I assure you, after we settle down in our new state come mid-January, writing will re-commence.

I hope you all had a warm, restful Christmas and a happy, hopeful New Year’s celebration. Until next time!

Readers' thoughts (7)

  1. At 1:22 pm on January 7, 2013 , Dorathea replied:

    I know you’ve been muy busy, and perhaps a bit discouraged, but I will tell you I keep checking your website for installment 10 of Bloodlines. :)

    Take a break, yes. Have some chocolate, absolutely. Enjoy the trip and adjust to your new surroundings, of course. But please don’t stop writing. Come back to it when you can; I’ll be waiting.

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    • At 8:11 pm on January 7, 2013 , Jaimie Krycho replied:

      You are always such an encouragement to me as a writer (and otherwise). Thanks for your kind words, and I’ll be sure to tag you first when I post part 10 of “Bloodlines.” 😉

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      • At 4:19 pm on January 9, 2013 , Dorathea replied:

        Aww.
        Awesome!

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  2. At 9:08 pm on January 7, 2013 , Steve Adams replied:

    Keep on, keep’n on… Reading my way through….

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  3. At 10:19 am on January 8, 2013 , Kelsey replied:

    Thanks for sharing about the process you are going through. Like I told you in person, I have really enjoyed what you have been writing in the Bloodlines series. I eagerly look forward to the day when you do find an agent and a publisher and I get to read a full-length Jaimie Krycho novel. :)
    P.S. I hope that the move is going well.

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    • At 10:22 am on January 8, 2013 , Jaimie Krycho replied:

      Thanks again, Kelsey! I’ve had a ball writing “Bloodlines” so far – it’s been a relaxing project and a nice change from novel writing. I look forward to picking it back up.

      The move is going smoothly so far! I’ll be glad when it’s over, though – I like having everything in its place! :)

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    • At 12:25 am on March 13, 2014 , Daanish replied:

      I spent 6 weeks after Christmas with some kind of nasal infection/cold. Try not to get too bored while you work at geitntg better and I hope it doesn’t last nearly as long as mine did. Maybe you can catch up on some of your favorite authors while all your fans wait for the release of your next book.

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