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Changed agencies. Formerly with David Black Literary.

Mr. Matthew Belford

The Tobias Literary Agency

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from Leto1366
Mar 23, 2020 2:49 pm

Has anyone NOT received a response of any form from him? I previously submitted my query and requested pages after a pitch conference last summer (2019) and never received a response, even after following up politely. Then this year I realized he changed agencies, and figured maybe my stuff got lost in translation. So I queried him again (cold turkey this time, no mention of the conference before). Still no response and it's been 39 days . . .
from allisonwall
Mar 23, 2020 8:54 am

EQ: 3/12/20
FR: 3/23/20

Adult SF, 99k
from Nadler369
Mar 02, 2020 11:40 am

EQ 2/25
ER: 3/2/20
Fantasy, 125k
from Leto1366
Feb 21, 2020 2:17 pm

EQ: 2/13

Adult Sci-fi 140k
from LSalt1
Feb 21, 2020 6:39 am

Query sent: 19/02
A thriller/sci-fi novella of 34K words
Rejection: 19/02 (the same day)
Please note that I am not taking on any novellas at this time.
from mawidmaier
Jan 21, 2020 1:57 pm

EQ: 1/16/20
ER: 1/20/20 Late-night form rejection
Adult Fantasy 170K
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 15, 2020 12:11 pm

Profile Update: Changed agencies. Formerly with David Black Literary.

Thanks JoLadzinski
from JoLadzinski
Jan 15, 2020 10:32 am

He has moved to Tobias Literary Agency
from MsFebruary
Dec 29, 2019 12:46 pm

11/02- Sent Query


Just thought to mention that there are other gatekeepers, even beyond agents, editors, and publishers. He could have a similar project or his hands are full as of now. Lots of reasons really. Even tastes in reading differ agent to agent. My first rejection included a paragraph praising my writing style. A later one declared that it was too ornate. Don't let one no keep you off the path.

Best of luck.
from Mecheart
Dec 20, 2019 6:18 pm

EQ: 10/29 (Adult Sci-Fi 87k)
ER: 12/13 (Barely a form rejection)

This one's a bit disheartening as this agent seems like the "go to" guy for graphic sci-fi. Just a note to perhaps put things in perspective with querying ones novel around. Sure, rejection is to be expected. However, through an online writing group 1050+ readers read this manuscript and a large majority of them enjoyed it. Obviously the book appeals and is marketable. Ode to the "gatekeepers" I suppose . . .

from qorquiq
Dec 11, 2019 3:24 pm

EQ: 11/11/2019 96k adult SF - Requested during DVPit
FR: 12/11/2019
from edunbar87
Dec 10, 2019 4:04 pm

EQ: 9/24/2019
Full Request: 12/10/2019

Adult Fantasy 90k
from paddler
Dec 04, 2019 6:55 pm

EQ 10/28/19

EFR 12/4/19
97k sci-fi
from Nadler369
Nov 27, 2019 10:15 am

EQ 10/02/19
Nudge 11/27/19
ER 11/27/19
My apologies for the delay in responding—I’ve fallen behind on responding to queries due to some health issues I’ve was dealing with over the last few months.
I appreciate you reaching back out to me regarding your submission. From the age of your protagonist and the themes you mention in your query letter, this feels like a manuscript more focused on young adult or new adult readers. For that reason, I’m going to have to pass on this project.
I wish you the best of luck moving forward, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
from Catsamoa79
Nov 27, 2019 7:47 am

EQ: 9/22/19
ER: 11/27/19
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