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Mr. Matthew Belford

The Tobias Literary Agency



Website: thetobiasagency.com

Twitter: MWBelford

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E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from acolvin09
Apr 29, 2021 12:29 pm


FQ: 4/22/21
FR: 4/28/21

adult SF/F @ 99,798k
from Christi12
Apr 28, 2021 6:26 pm


Form query: 4/17/21
Form rejection: 4/28
82k contemporary with speculative elements
from tinahuang
Apr 28, 2021 3:34 pm


FQ: 4/15/21
FR: 4/28/2021 (appreciated the fast response, even if it was a rejection)

111k Adult Dystopian Sci Fi

from mkhardy
Apr 27, 2021 4:23 pm


Form query: 16 Feb 2021
Form rejection: 21 April 2021

"Thank you for sending over your submission. While I appreciate the amount of work you’ve put into creating this story, I am unfortunately going to have to pass on this project.
"As you may know, fiction is very subjective and just because this wasn’t a good fit for me, that doesn’t mean that someone else won’t feel differently.
"I wish you the best of luck moving forward."

Adult Space Opera 123k
from jdruffin
Apr 26, 2021 9:15 am


FQ: 4/4/21
ER: 4/21/21
Fantasy 78k
from Nadler369
Apr 23, 2021 10:26 am


FQ: 4/12/21
Fantasy, 108k
ER:: 4/23/21
from K_Hana_Lee
Apr 19, 2021 1:14 pm


FQ 4/8/21
Nudge with offer of rep 4/13/21
Kind step-aside apologizing for not having time to read the full 4/19/21

Adult Fantasy 120k
from nomsequitur
Apr 06, 2021 2:19 am


FQ: 4/6/21

91k adult fantasy
from AlexJGetz
Apr 01, 2021 9:02 am


EQ: 03/21/21
ER: 03/31/2021

Adult Fantasy 115K
from cjosep13
Mar 31, 2021 5:41 pm


EQ: 03/23/21
ER: 03/31/2021

New Adult Fantasy 78K
from aTravelingWriter
Mar 20, 2021 11:39 am


FQ: 2/24/2021
FR: 3/19/2021

180K Adult Fantasy

Form letter as of 19 March: "Thank you for sending over your submission. While I appreciate the amount of work you’ve put into creating this story, I am unfortunately going to have to pass on this project. As you may know, fiction is very subjective and just because this wasn’t a good fit for me, that doesn’t mean that someone else won’t feel differently. I wish you the best of luck moving forward."

He tweeted recently in an #AskAgent bit, after someone asked him "do ya'll lie in query letter forms rejection letters."

"No we don’t lie, but that’s also not the same thing as telling the full truth." Which... the biggest thing I wish I knew as querying writer RIGHT NOW is: did the query letter turn you off, or did the pages? All I want is a check box. Of course agents can't respond personally to every query. But a like "where'd you decide to pass: query? synopsis? pages? LITERAL CHECKBOX would make form passes at least a teensy tiny bit illuminating. This isn't a dig on Mr. Belford, by the way. He seems like a great representative from the outside looking in.
from zeepolian
Mar 19, 2021 5:35 pm


EQ: 02/22/21
ER: 03/19/2021

It's a shame, I had high hopes for my manuscript with this agent, but only got a form response. THAT SAID, this agent IS very professional and very grounded. And his form letter is right, fiction is VERY subjective. Would still highly recommend querying this agent.
from Erin_Fulmer
Mar 02, 2021 12:30 pm


Pitch Wars showcase request - sent partial (50 pgs) EQ 2/15/2021
ER (form) 3/2/2021
Adult Sci Fi 117k
from sophiakate
Feb 18, 2021 7:52 pm


EQ 2/7/21
ER 2/18/21
85K adult fantasy

"Thank you for sending over your submission. While I appreciate the amount of work you’ve put into creating this story, I am unfortunately going to have to pass on this project. As you may know, fiction is very subjective and just because this wasn’t a good fit for me, that doesn’t mean that someone else won’t feel differently."
from Darksouthern
Feb 16, 2021 12:54 pm


EQ: 1/2 to Lane Heymont

16/2 - forwarded on to Mathew Belford by Lane as better fit.

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