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Mr. John Cusick

Folio Literary Management


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Twitter: johnmcusick

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from Mananda9
Apr 04, 2018 3:06 pm

EQ: 4/4/18 YA Fantasy 83k
from surfrat224
Apr 04, 2018 11:28 am

EQ: 3/2/18
CNR: 4/4/18

YA Contemporary
from Carrots
Mar 31, 2018 11:14 pm

EQ: 3/31/18

MG Contemp 40K
from seventhstar
Mar 31, 2018 12:18 am

EQ: 6/3/18
Nudged because I have 2 phone calls scheduled: 23/3/18
Full request: 31/3/18

YA Fantasy, 93k words
from seventhstar
Mar 31, 2018 12:17 am

EQ: 28/9/17
FR: 28/9/17 (full sent the same day).

Fingers crossed!
YA Fantasy 102k words

Update on this: Sent him an email in mid-March 2018 to withdraw my MS as I wanted to shelve that and query a new story. He replied almost a few hours later saying he was sorry that he couldn't read in time and looked forward to my next query.
from kstjarre
Mar 30, 2018 12:45 pm

EQ 3/17/18
from tharvey
Mar 26, 2018 8:44 am

"I am not currently taking on picture book texts or books for the adult market."
from a_writer_has_no_name
Feb 23, 2018 2:24 pm

Well, guess you have a be a popular youtube personality to get his attention. Cool.
from karenleespree
Feb 14, 2018 10:38 am

Ah, that explains much, thanks, udonnoodles.

And what do you know, I've rewritten my novel over the last year into 1POV and I've just re-queried him.
Dunno if this is too cool to do, alas, I couldn't hold back.

EQ: 2/14 YA, HF
from udonnoodles
Feb 02, 2018 1:07 pm

Yes - John Cusick never seems to reply to his queries. Some preferences I've gleaned from his Oct 2017 #tenqueries podcast:

1) does not like stories where the main plot is the protagonist learning to accept himself
2) does not like distant third-person omniscient storytelling (which is odd, because his wishlist has books that are CLEARLY in that vein. Again shows how agents are contradictory in what they say...)
3) will not touch something that is currently saturated in the market place (listed Dystopian and portal fantasies as examples)
from whiterabbit241
Feb 02, 2018 10:01 am

Sounds like if he doesn't respond it's a CNR. Am I right in thinking this? Thanks everyone!
from Catsamoa79
Feb 02, 2018 9:40 am

katieob - I have submitted the same manuscript to different agents here, albeit after I either received a rejection, or waited the requisite time for a CNR.
from katieob
Feb 01, 2018 1:17 pm

Agency question-- their submission instructions say:
Please do not submit simultaneously to more than one agent at Folio.

Does this mean once you've received a rejection (or CNR in Mr. Cusick's case), you can query another agent there?

from jubilee
Jan 24, 2018 4:57 pm

EQ: 10/10/17
FR: 10/11/17
ER: 10/25

Really appreciate the quick turnaround! I'm not sure if it was a personalized form or not. Said he liked voice but wasn't as drawn in by the story as he hoped to be. He ended with saying "I have a feeling someone will scoop you up soon," Has anyone else gotten that?

Emailed and asked if he'd consider a revision in the future and he said definitely. Yay!
12/11/17 - emailed new revision
1/3/18 - Nudge to see if he'd received
1/4/18 - confirmed receipt saying he'll be in touch soon
1/24/18 - very kind, personalized ER

Really a dream agent so fingers crossed!
from girloutoftime
Jan 24, 2018 11:32 am

EQ: 12/11/17
FR: 12/12/17
ER: 1/24/18

Very nice and personal rejection. Loved the concept but felt the epistolary nature of the novel distanced him from the action. A disappointing, but ultimately painless, rejection.

45k Contemporary MG

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