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Ms. Jesseca Salky

Salky Literary Management

New York, NY


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Online Form: Yes

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from the_new_kid
Dec 04, 2019 9:43 am

Onward_upward, thank you very much for your kind words. I am so grateful for places like Query Tracker, when we can see we are not alone in this. I’ve read many brutal stories here. That helps to get the idea about what you’re in for.
from Onward_Upward
Dec 03, 2019 9:52 pm

the_new_kid That's brutal. So sorry to hear that. You would think you would get something personal after the long wait and anticipation. It's hard to keep going but don't let them get you down. I keep telling myself to hang in there when it comes to my own work but I know how hard it is.
from the_new_kid
Dec 03, 2019 4:43 pm

Upmarket fiction, 80k.
Query sent: 06/20/19
Partial request (100 pages): 06/24/19 (just four days later)

Nudged 2 months later: no response.
Nudged again on November 7th, 2019 (2,5 months after the first unanswered nudge)
November 12th, 2019; she responded, apologizing and promising to get back to me before the following Monday the 18th.

No response on November 18th, I'd patiently waited until the end of the week (November 23d) and nudged again.
The Thanksgiving week followed so nothing happened.
I swallowed the rest of my pride and resent the same polite message on December 2d (Monday after the Holiday).
Her assistant responded, apologizing for "dropping the ball on this one again", and promised to respond by the evening of the following day.

And the big climax of this over-5-months journey is a form rejection on 12/3/2019 that says "This doesn't look right for my list."
After going through this anticipation for over 5 months, wondering if she had simply abandoned my query and having to nudge her every time because she kept "dropping the ball on this one", there wasn't even one personal word in her rejection. Publishing is cruel, that much I've already learned. But it still stung all the same. I wish agents bothered to give you at least one concise (one-sentence), honest reason why it didn't work out for them if they requested a partial or a full. Like the characters didn't work out, or the hook, or the voice wasn't to their liking. That would have helped people to move on or move forward.
from Patrick (admin)
Nov 08, 2019 10:57 am

the_new_kid, Yes, she is still using the same QueryManager account, just under a different agency name.
from Julesq
Nov 08, 2019 10:48 am

@the_new_kid Gotcha! Agents have different ways of going through their queries and partials and fulls, and a lot of factors go into what they look at, or what's set as priority etc. The good thing is she hasn't closed out your partial. Waiting sucks. Good luck to you as well.
from the_new_kid
Nov 08, 2019 9:53 am

@Julesq Thank you. Yes, I saw that and that was the reason for my second nudge. In my query manager it now says "Salky literary", but it used to say the name of her former agency, so I assume she is using the same query manager profile and had simply updated it. I saw your comment and her fast requests (congratulations by the way! and good luck), and that was why I got even more confused about what's happened with my query. I sent that second nudge yesterday, and she hasn't reacted to it as of yet. I'm still hopeful, but it doesn't look that good.
from Julesq
Nov 08, 2019 7:30 am

@edoyle02 Go to MAIN here and click on QUERY it will take you to the query online form! Good luck!
from Julesq
Nov 07, 2019 5:58 pm

Did you see she's not with her former agency but started one of her own? You might want to nudge her again and make sure it's going to Salky Lit and not the previous. She read a partial of mine and requested the full almost immediately, so she's digging in to her queries.
from the_new_kid
Nov 07, 2019 4:36 pm

Is Jesseca one of those agents that don't respond to partials? I've sent her a requested partial back in June, then nudged after 2 months, and then again after another 2,5. If she accepted queries through email, I would have been sure it's a lost cause. After all, it's not even a full, but only 100 pages. But my query hasn't been closed by her yet (in the query manager). That is why I'm kind of uncertain about what to make of it... Does anyone have experience with her ignoring the partial? Because according to comments here, it seems like she responds to all her requests and even to most of the queries.
from Julesq
Nov 05, 2019 2:44 pm

WF Upmarket 90k
FR 11/05/19
from edoyle02
Nov 05, 2019 1:37 pm

EQ: 8/19/2019
Nudge: 11/4/2019
FR: 11/5/2019

I was told to upload the manuscript to Query Manager, but I don't see any option on her page except a query submission. Can anyone shed some light?
from sdewitthall
Nov 05, 2019 11:50 am

EQ: 11/5/19 LGBTQ literary suspense 87K
from sfdwriter
Oct 29, 2019 1:03 pm

FQ: 10/29/19

upmarket fiction 92K
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 01, 2019 10:06 am

Profile Update: Started a new agency. Formerly with Hannigan Salky Getzler.
from Patrick (admin)
Sep 27, 2019 3:57 pm

Profile Update: She has left this agency to start her own. Details will be posted as they become known.

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