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Formerly with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. Current whereabouts unknown.

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Ms. Amy Burkhardt

Kimberley Cameron & Associates

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from KristenH
Jan 27, 2012 6:57 am

Wow. That's one long wait.
from MarianLee
Jan 26, 2012 4:13 pm

Got a reject back on 1/17. Didn't see it because I no longer use that email. I queried her on 1/02/11. So yeah, one year and 15 days.

from lelvebak
Nov 10, 2011 11:08 am

Sent a query and partial on May 19 following a request from her at a conference.
Nudged on 11/10/11.
from KristenH
Nov 04, 2011 6:50 am

Thanks Marian and JDenker. It's funny that the conversation came up. I've tried to edit it down to the bare bones, every year. I just want to get to the next phase real soon. More requests or an offer. (I hope to send Venom's full next Friday or the following Monday, at the latest.)
from jdenker
Nov 03, 2011 6:13 pm

I think you're okay, angelscribe. Your word count is still within the realm of "editable".

And I know what you mean about not being able to edit one MS while your'e working on a different one. I'm the same way.
from MarianLee
Nov 03, 2011 8:35 am

Angel - Your re probably okay for querying, though they are both on the high side, and you may have to do some cutting down the road. The problem is with publishers who don't want to spend the money on publishing a longer book for a debut author who may or may not sell. Later when you are established and have a fan base, word count isn't such a big deal, but for a first timer it is.
from KristenH
Nov 03, 2011 7:25 am

You're welcome JDenker. Speaking of word count, I was talking about that subject on Facebook with two people on Tuesday. Some said my word counts (100 K for Chain Reaction, 110 K for Venom) was too much. But I never had an agent reject me for my word counts. I told my friend I couldn't even try to cut more in CR, while I'm still fixing Venom's word count. What do you think?
from jdenker
Nov 02, 2011 2:06 pm

Ah, very interesting, MarianLee! Wow about the discrepancies! I admit that my MS is a little on the high side (105K) but I did say I was willing to cut. Plus I've had quite a few full and partial requests, and those agents didn't have a problem with the word count--I mean none of them said, "Well, I love it, but I'm rejecting it because it's too long" or anything, and several agents have been very forthcoming with their constructive criticism.

My theory is if they request an R&R, I will bend over backward to edit it to their liking. But just being willing to take a peek? Not so much. I need more of a commitment than that! :)
from MarianLee
Nov 02, 2011 11:46 am

Very good lesson jdenker! Another one is to let them know you are more than willing to change the word count when signed. I am like you and queried a chick-lit women's fiction. I had one agent tell me it should be between 60k- 80k, another tell me 90k-110k, and a third say 75k-95k. Obviously that is a HUGE difference and I wasn't about to have three different versions of the same story and try to please everyone. At the time, I was at about 70k, and I told each of them about the discrepancy, and said that while I was more than happy to tailor my word count to whom ever I ended up signing with, for the time being I had to try to keep it at a happy medium, and tell the best story I could. They were all as surprised as I was with the discrepancy, but understood and were totally fine with it.

FYI, final edit is just over 75K.
from jdenker
Nov 02, 2011 10:02 am

Thanks, Angelscribe.

It was interesting--she wrote to say that she hadn't gotten my initial query (but read the resend) and said that my word count was too high for her, and would I consider cutting about 20K, all before she read a word of it.

LUCKILY I suggested that she read some of it before I dug in and cut so much--mainly because I don't have the time to do that if she's not going to bite in the end. So she agreed to 50 pages, and she rejected it anyway. SO glad I didn't waste time editing! There's a lesson--only cut for someone who promises to consider your MS seriously!
from KristenH
Nov 02, 2011 6:18 am

sorry to hear it JDenker. Elizabeth passed on my query yesterday--I've updated my status on Kim Cameron's profile. Onward.
from jdenker
Nov 01, 2011 7:13 pm

Another for Elizabeth Kracht:

EQ: 8/11
Nudged: 10/19
Partial request: 10/20
ER: 11/1, form

Ah well.
from KristenH
Oct 08, 2011 6:34 am

Congrats JkWise on the offer and the full. I'm waiting to hear from Elizabeth Kraut. I queried her on 9.19 and no word yet.
from jkwise1
Oct 07, 2011 7:09 pm

This is all for Elizabeth Kracht, but she isn't listed on querytracker:

EQ: 7/20
additional 50: 8/30
requested full:9/27 (hard copy)

I mailed it, but before she could read it, I received an offer of representation from another agency. I nudged her and asked if she wanted a chance to read the full. She read in two days and offered representation today! Crazy! 180 queries, 82 rejections later...
from MarianLee
Aug 31, 2011 7:02 am

Ditto dlpoet, publisher rejections are 10x worse than agent rejections!

Toughen your skin now everyone, it only gets worse. However, with any luck it will all be worth it one day!

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