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Mr. Ben Mason

Fox Mason

36-38 Glasshouse Street

London W1B 5DL


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from fornickels
Mar 24, 2016 12:23 pm

Website says closed to submissions.
from arunmotianey
Dec 13, 2015 10:33 pm

A waste of time! He accepted my submission via his online form. Later he was closed to submissions but has implied that it was retroactive.
from mojojojoe13
Mar 10, 2015 11:37 am

EQ: 10th March 2015.

Literary fiction, 80,000 words.
from diggergate
Feb 01, 2015 2:08 am

EQ: 12/04/14
CNR: 02/01/15

SF/Fantasy crossover
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 17, 2013 4:06 pm

Updated query methods.

(Thanks Kilomara)
from Kilomara
Jun 12, 2013 8:24 pm

Agency has changed submission format from the email listed to an online form.
The form asks for a short description of the author, as well as a very short synopsis of the book at 150 words max, and the first 50 pages.
from tarzan
Oct 02, 2011 8:42 am

8154kj: Most agents are swamped. Nature of the biz. That you have at least two agents who thought enough of your book to request fulls and then sent revision suggestions means you're close. The take-away you have is you got some helpful advice which bettered your book. That is valuable in itself. With the revisions you are that much further ahead. It may be they will eventually get back to you but you've beaten their doors like a rented mule and the sucker just sat there. Moving on is exactly the right thing to do. Persistence is key. As J.A. Konrath likes to say: there's a word for a writer who never gives up: published. 'Nuf said.
from 81549kj
Oct 01, 2011 10:17 pm

Hey, Tarzan, since you asked (and thanks for your advice): The kind of rewrites they asked for made sense to me. The first rewrite improved the novel's pacing a great deal and so I liked it. So that's the one I think I'll be sending out now. Yes, I felt I should give the rewrites a shot because I am desperate to get published, and the rewrites didn't go against my basic idea for the book or change the characters to any great extent. My shock was that several e-mails later (to Mr. Mason, for example) I got not even a polite note saying "no-thanks." In addition to Mr. Mason, the other agent was very encouraging and very welcoming about reading the rewrite. Then -- silence across several e-mails. My prior contact with both of them gave me no reason to believe they would drop the ball like that. Again, I think the agents get completely swamped, and very quickly move on. It's not nice, but it seems to be the new normal with a lot of businesses these days. And so--onward!
from tarzan
Sep 29, 2011 6:58 pm

81549kj: Three versions? Two requested revisions? Plus your original? And not a peep on your revised books from the two agents? And now you're confused as to which one to send out? It's decision time, obviously: which of the three are YOU happiest with? And when you made the two revisions, did you make them based on agreeing with them or because you wanted representation so badly you were willing to make any changes regardless of your thoughts on their merit? It is not the norm to have full requests ignored. Some response in a reasonable time frame is the professional norm. Status query after a month on a full. A second one after three months. If they ignored an initial email status update, try sending the second update request by snail mail with a SASE. That may get their attention. If they still ignore getting back on a full then they aren't the agent of your dreams-- unless you're happy with being trapped in a nightmare. Move on, and query widely. Good luck. Your agent is out there.
from 81549kj
Sep 29, 2011 5:36 pm

Dakotta's post brings cold-comfort, under the heading of "misery loves company" that is. I, too, was told that there was interest in my rewritten manuscript way back in February 2011, and several e-mails from me have since been met with radio silence. Before that, every indication was that Ben Mason was responsive and respectful. A stand-up kind of guy.

One can only try to connect the dots. My assumption is that he ultimately got swamped like every other agent. This is not the first time I've had an agent show interest in my mss, and has asked to read a full mss and then simply dropped the ball. It's absolutely disheartening but I'm afraid this now seems to be the new normal. It's happened to me with three other agents, and twice I did suggested major rewrites! And so now I have three different versions of my novel and spend a lot of time trying to decide which one to actually send out now, since there's been no feedback on all the work I've done!

And so . . .onward!
from phyllo
Feb 02, 2011 9:02 am

EQ + 50 pp Dec. 15
ER Feb. 2: "Manuscript was competently written but the concept was not sufficiently intriguing for us."

Disappointing to get any rejection, but hey, at least it's some feedback! More impressive is the month and a half (over Xmas, no less) in which they reviewed what would by North American standards be a partial when a lot of other agents don't even reply to a simply query. Sounds like a good outfit. Good luck to all those with material still out.
from PatsFan
Dec 06, 2010 6:27 pm

Thanks jlgwriter! Good luck on your manuscript - I hope he picks yours up, he seems like a class act!

I'm not totally discouraged - he was quite nice. Also, I've completely revised my manuscript since sending it to Mr. Mason, because I realized there were some weaknesses in it.
from jlgwriter
Dec 03, 2010 5:58 pm

Sorry, PatsFan. :(

I nudged on my full the other day but haven't heard anything--yet.
from PatsFan
Dec 03, 2010 4:28 pm

Update: Very polite rejection received today. He said he liked the writing but didn't find the story sufficiently compelling. Oh well.
from PatsFan
Oct 18, 2010 4:21 pm

jlgwriter - my experience is similar and I've found him to be extremely professional.

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