Jessica mentioned that she’s received a few blog comments expressing confusion on my submission status.
I’m currently not accepting any new queries and I’ve responded to all of those I received prior to closing them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean I’m completely caught up on submissions. I apologize to anyone who is still awaiting a response on requested material. The past few months have been a very busy time for my clients, which is great for them, great for BookEnds, but not so great for anyone waiting to hear from me.
I’ve recently started making some headway on those requested partials and manuscripts. But until I’ve given those writers the consideration they’re due—and until I feel I have the time to attend to my clients AND actively search for new ones—I won’t be re-opening to queries.
In the meantime, thank you so much for your patience and understanding. Happy writing!
Good to know, Kim. Thanks for the update.
You've asked to see more work from me in the past and I have something new for you - so I was wondering when you'd be open again.
Best of luck with the pile, but stay well.
Thanks for the update, Kim. I think it's great that you are focusing on the clients you already have and making sure they're taken care of before adding moer sheep to your fold. It bodes well for you as an agent and makes me even more determined to query you with my YA once you're open for subs again. I WANT an agent that will put me first.
Good luck on the readings!
Anon - I don't think Kim takes YA, nor anyone else at Bookends, unless she's changed her policy.
Actually, I did recently start representing YA.
So when I do open back up to queries, I'll absolutely be looking for YA.
Oh, nuts! I thought I saw somewhere that she did. Was I dreaming that? I'll go check out their submission page again. I'm going to be bummed if I was wrong. Thanks for the heads up, Fawn. :)
Those pesky clients of yours really have a lotta nerve. . .
Ah! Kim thanks for clarifying. You must've posted your comment right when i posted mime. I'm pysched again!
Excellent to hear, Kim! That means I definitely have new manuscripts for you.
Kim, thanks for this post. I just received your pass on my project---that I queried you about in November. You apologized for the delay. How unnecessary! If you weren't worth the wait, then you weren't worth querying. We writers know a great agent when we see one. You're hectic schedule proves it.
Looks like Kim is a great agent to go for. I don't think I have any novels that would be considered (okay I have none at novel length now since it's literally undergoing rewriting). I wish you luck and success. =)
This makes perfectly good sense to me. I know there is a huge clamor from unpublished writers to be heard and they can become annoyed if the response time is long.
Folks have to bear in mind that when they get an agent, they want that agent to put time into their work. They can't do that if they're pursuing queries ad infinitim.
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