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Ms. Victoria Sanders

Victoria Sanders & Associates

440 Buck Road

Stone Ridge, NY 12484

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From the agent: Dear Author, I periodically read the comments section on QueryTracker to make sure that my team is responsive to your queries. It is very important to me that every query is responded to in a timely way, within days whenever possible. And that if a manuscript is requested, that we read it and give you feedback within a month. I do not use interns to read queries, but one of my in-house agents as well as an editorial person. Every query is read by someone with at least five years professional experience in trade publishing. While I understand that there can be frustration with a quick response, I demand that of my staff out of respect for your time and efforts. I absolutely use a form rejection (one that I crafted years ago to respectfully decline materials) and also have a form rejection for manuscripts where I recognize that I just don't get the book. A more personal rejection will follow with projects that touched me but may not be quite ready, and where I do have some ideas to share. Recognizing that this is all very subjective is also important. You must have faith in your work and talent in the face of multiple rejections until you find that one very smart agent and editor, that get you. I have declined the work of a number of bestselling authors and will, I am sure, do so again. The point is to keep writing, and know that we all at VS&A are honored by you and the invitation to review your work. Kind regards, VS Victoria Sanders & Associates, LLC

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from nathang
Jan 19, 2018 3:45 pm

EQ: 01/17/18
FR: 01/18/18
Offer of Representation: 01/19/18

Note: First, the timeline above isn't as condensed as it may seem. I have a history with VS&A and this manuscript; they have seen earlier drafts and--while not specifically requesting R&R's--they had always offered to look at future drafts. I just got off the phone with Victoria, and I am THRILLED with this offer. I have another offer of rep on the table, but honestly, I cannot imagine turning down Victoria Sanders after this conversation. She was passionate, enthusiastic, and I would have complete confidence in her to help make the book the best it could be.
from DianaHawkins
Jan 16, 2018 1:52 pm

EQ 1/12/2018 Shadows Over an African Heart; commercial fiction sent with first three chapters
ER 1/15/2017 Form letter, not very helpful. "We regret that we will not be offering to review your work further at this time."
from Sphynx
Jan 12, 2018 12:38 pm

EQ 1/5/18
ER 1/8/18
from anotherearth
Jan 08, 2018 2:56 pm

EQ: 01/06
ER: 01/08 Literary 110K

Form response
from JenniferLS
Jan 03, 2018 8:41 am

EQ 12/30/17
ER 1/2/18
from jmichalski
Jan 02, 2018 6:10 pm

EQ 12/129/17
ER 1/2/18 Form letter
from PhaylennMcKnight
Dec 09, 2017 4:01 pm

EQ 11/19/17
ER form 11/21

Science Fiction / Urban Fantasy 36K
from Nostromo
Dec 06, 2017 12:36 pm

12.06.07 EQ
12.06.07 ER Form

Psychological Thriller - 97K
from rdickens
Nov 07, 2017 9:28 am

EQ 11/4/17 Memoir
Form Rejection 11/7
from LightofBeauty
Oct 19, 2017 4:14 pm

EQ: 10/19
ER: 10/19

Basic form rejection, same ol' formy-language and "regretting" this and "forgive" that, etc.

Thank you for considering Victoria Sanders & Associates as a potential agency to represent your work. We have reviewed the material you sent and we regret that we will not be offering to review your work further at this time. Please know that we are very selective with the materials that we request. We encourage you to keep writing and we wish you every success. Please forgive this impersonal note. We receive a tremendous number of queries and are forced to focus our attention on a limited number of projects.

Kind regards,
Victoria Sanders

from Mylorian1
Oct 18, 2017 4:54 pm

EQ 10/17
ER 10/18
Form letter
Historical fiction
from nathang
Oct 09, 2017 3:19 pm

UPDATE (see below the line for some context):

EQ: 9/20/17
FR: 9/21/17
10/09/17: Deborah Jayne emailed to let me know the manuscript was still under review and I should hear back "within the next couple of weeks."

After substantial revisions to my manuscript, I re-queried Victoria Sanders via her wonderful reader/editorial person Deborah Jayne. Deborah was kind enough to request the full manuscript the next day.

Friends, I'm really keeping my fingers crossed for this one. VS&A is my number 1 choice. I've had several "close calls" from other agents and even an offer of rep (which I eventually turned down, as the "fit" didn't seem right), but soon after receiving my feedback from VS&A, I stopped querying and started revising. I'm hopeful that Deborah and Victoria will be drawn to my work and take me on. Time will tell.

EQ: 12/6/16
FR: 12/7/16

Literary Fiction - 87,000 words.

Email update from VSA, letting me know that the manuscript was still under review: 12/22/16. (Email said that due to the holidays, they would be getting back with me in January. Very efficient and kind). I'm quite anxious/hopeful about this one. I have several other fulls out, but VSA (and Victoria herself) seems like such a good fit. I love the way they champion diverse voices.

ER: 01/10/17
Very kind, very personal rejection which spoke about specific aspects of my characters and story. It appears that both Victoria and Deborah Jayne read the manuscript and discussed it at length. They offered to look at a revision, so all hope isn't lost. But I'm pretty bummed about this one. I really thought this was a good fit at VSA. I'm going to revise and resubmit, fingers crossed.

from laurids
Oct 08, 2017 12:54 am

EQ 9/1, FR same day, ms sent 9/5
ER 9/13
literary fiction
from vbarger
Oct 02, 2017 12:37 pm

EQ: 10/2
ER: 10/2

YA Thriller
from gigi33
Sep 26, 2017 12:15 pm

EQ: Sept 14
ER: Sept 14

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