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Ms. Courtney Miller-Callihan

Handspun Literary Agency



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Website: handspunlit.com

Twitter: millercallihan

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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For fiction: please send a query letter, short synopsis (5 pages or less), and the first three chapters or 50 pages of the novel, whichever is more. For nonfiction: please send a query letter and proposal.

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from horrorchix89
Aug 21, 2017 2:38 pm


So does she accept YA Fantasy or not? Her site doesn't mention
from AuthorCJBlack
Aug 21, 2017 8:19 am


@smbishop - I pasted it in the email. Unless the agent specifically states that they accept attachments, I feel it's safer.
from smbishop
Aug 21, 2017 7:48 am


To those who submitted, did you attach the 50 pages or pasted in the email? Thanks.
from AuthorCJBlack
Aug 20, 2017 7:48 pm


EQ: 8/20/17
96K epic fantasy
QT says she accepts fantasy but on her site it is mainly historical and/or romantic fantasy. Figured it wouldn't hurt to try.
from leftyfelix2
Aug 16, 2017 9:43 pm


She doesn't represent children's or YA Books.
from BillGinTexas
Aug 10, 2017 10:43 am


EQ: 08/07/2017 88k Hist Fic Thrl
ER: 08/10/2017 form rejection

quick, but not necessarily painless
from SaraCo
Aug 05, 2017 7:07 pm


EQ: 8-5-17
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 05, 2017 9:36 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.

from StitchPlease
Apr 05, 2017 9:20 pm


3/1/16: EQ
3/12/16: FR (sent full ms same day)
6/12/16: Nudged via email, no response
3/14/17: Very polite, personal rejection. Just over a year later.

70k YA Contemporary
from kbrougham
Apr 02, 2017 3:59 pm


10/21/16: EQ
11/18/16: ER
11/19/16: EQ different ms (still open to queries at that time, although she closed a couple of weeks later)
3/29/17: Nudged
3/31/17: ER "Thanks for your message, but the agency is currently closed to queries. When we reopen, the Handspun website will be updated accordingly."

I wrote her back that I was following up on an OLD query, not submitting a NEW one (which should have been obvious, as I'd included the original email with timestamp in the follow-up). I'm assuming she deleted that response without reading it.

After reading below that others have had to CNR after subbing a requested MS, I'm disappointed but not surprised!
from alexisdaria
Mar 19, 2017 9:16 pm


4/18: EQ
5/12: FR
Full request arrived right in the middle of a full revision pass with a mentor so I waited until that was complete to send the full.
6/3: Sent full ms
1/11/17: Followed up with notification that I'm querying a new project (93k contemporary romance)
3/14/17: Rejection on previous ms (said genre hybrid is a tough sell), but asked for next one (93k CR) if still available.

74k adult romance
from FountainPen
Mar 15, 2017 10:22 pm


EQ 3/31
MS Request 5/9 (Sent same day)
Nudge 10/17 (No response)
CNR 11/30

If this changes, I will update, but looking back through the comments, it appears she doesn't respond to most ms requests.

Rejection March 15, 2017 Apologized for the long response time, but otherwise a form rejection. At least she responded...
from KristenH
Dec 12, 2016 6:34 am


EQ 11/4/16 (Chain Reaction)
EQ 12/9/16 (Passed--not a good fit.) I'll try her next year with Diplomatic Immunity.
from karareynolds
Dec 10, 2016 8:17 am


EQ: 7/7
FR: 12/9
That's 155 days later! I had CNR'd this long ago. It was a very welcome surprise.
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 04, 2016 5:26 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

(Thanks eleven02)

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