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Ms. Courtney Miller-Callihan

Handspun Literary Agency

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Twitter: millercallihan

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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 FGeiger
Oct 12, 2017 9:58 am

EQ 10/12/17 75000 words Black Girls Don't Get Hickeys
from FountainPen
Sep 26, 2017 9:28 am

EQ 8/18
CNR 9/26
from AuthorCJBlack
Sep 19, 2017 8:46 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.
8/30/17 - Going to wait and see what happens. Will carry on if it's an ER.
ER: 9/19/17 - Not too surprised by this one.
from Belle_91
Sep 18, 2017 12:03 pm

EQ: September 14
ER: September 18
Historical Fiction
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 30, 2017 11:26 am

Profile Update: Genres updated.

from Patrick (admin)
Aug 30, 2017 11:26 am

horrorchix89, she accepts YA but it doesn't look like she has much interest in fantasy.
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 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!

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