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Ms. Tasneem Motala

The Rights Factory


Twitter: seraphecda

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from digitia
Sep 23, 2022 4:45 pm

FQ: 6/3/22
Full Request: 6/29/22, sent same day
Form Rejection: 9/23/22
Adult Fantasy 85k

Thank you for sending me the manuscript for__. While I did enjoy certain aspects of it, your project overall does not seem like a fit for me at this time, and so I will have to pass.
Thank you for the opportunity to read your manuscript, as well as for considering me in your search for the perfect agent, and best of luck with your future queries.
Good luck,

from neutronstar
Aug 29, 2022 6:57 pm

#DVpit like on 6/1
Queried: 6/1/22
Rejected w/ NEGATIVE feedback: 6/15/22
I don't even want to write the feedback I got. I will say she mistook my entire genre, which was a red flag.

MG Fantasy 35k
from jmcelhaney
Aug 18, 2022 3:20 pm

Rejected with standard copy/paste rejection letter. Didn't even give me a chance.
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 01, 2022 6:35 pm

Profile Update: Open to queries.
from writtenintheclouds
Jul 27, 2022 11:45 am

Form query: June 9, 2022
Form rejection: July 27, 2022 (on my birthday, LOL!)

66k YA Contemporary Romance (BIPOC)
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 01, 2022 4:58 pm

Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from colbywilkens
Jun 30, 2022 4:19 pm

FQ: 5/19 Pit Dark like
Full Request: 6/8 Sent same day
Nudge with offer of rep:6/22
Kind step Aside 6/30
82k Rom Com
from galian84
Jun 05, 2022 9:24 am

Late entry:

Form Query: 1/3/22 - #PitMad request
Form Rejection: 1/9/22

92k YA contemporary fantasy
from FrancesBoyle
May 28, 2022 10:27 am

reps Ellen Chang-Richardson
from k_e_nicole
Apr 06, 2022 3:40 pm

@LUV4NA I do agree with you on the backgrounds and perhaps a different world view and I wholeheartedly support that. But I also believe that there is a difference between stating the perspective you are coming from and opening up to that and saying that because you don't look like this, I'm not going to take you. It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Again, though, my point remains if your story is marketable it will get picked up. And your skin color should have nothing to do with it <3
from LUV4NA
Apr 05, 2022 10:28 pm

You...are clearly missing the point. Let BIPOC write their own stories and let them have the same platform as non-BIPOC writers. Mentioning you're BIPOC is not asking for special treatment. It's alerting the agent what perspective they're writing from and what lived experiences could be incorporated in their work. Diversity in client lists, work settings, audiences, etc are important for so many reasons that I won't get into here because this comment section is meant for query updates and not for a debate like this.

This will be the last time I comment about this. Please educate yourself because the low number of published stories by BIPOC should bother you way more than an agent who is only seeking BIPOC queries.
from k_e_nicole
Apr 05, 2022 7:56 pm

Yes. I am. Stories that can be marketed get published, not because of skin color. Fixing discrimination with discrimination is like saying two wrongs make a right. Furthermore, why would you mention your race when you query unless you wanted special privilege? I have never mentioned my race and it doesn't matter unless you're specifically looking for it. And no one should look at a book and go, "wow, it's great, the writing is well done and it's totally marketable. I just wish the author were a different race." That's crazy. Let your work speak for you. My skin color is not a barrier unless I make it one.
from JustinJoseph
Apr 04, 2022 11:31 pm

Patrick, do you know if she recently moved to New York? On her twitter page it still says Toronto and this page still has the Canadian flag and not the U.S. flag.
from LUV4NA
Apr 04, 2022 7:47 pm

@k_e_nicole So you're saying that the reason why there haven't been many BIPOC stories published in the past is because they're not good enough? This is not special privilege. The agent is prioritizing BIPOC queries to make up for the discrimination in publishing. She is not signing every BIPOC author who sends her a query. She is making sure they are seen rather than overlooked. I think that if you are not aware of the disparity in BIPOC stories, then you should do some research.
from k_e_nicole
Apr 04, 2022 6:16 pm

So you're saying that the BIPOC community needs help in this industry? They aren't good enough unless given special privilege? I know for a fact that I would not want to be represented just because of my ethnicity. Your race has NOTHING to do with how well-written your work is. I am calling out this blatant discrimination.

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