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Mr. Joshua Bilmes

JABberwocky Literary Agency

49 W. 45th St., #12th Floor

New York, NY 10036-4603

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from IFermont
Jan 13, 2019 11:20 am

EQ 11/15/2018
CNR 01/13/2018

from C_Harmon
Jan 07, 2019 1:20 pm

Epic Fantasy, 129k

EQ: 5/7/18
Request for 10 pages: 6/17/18
Request for 50 pages: 7/31/18
Met him at WorldCon76, and he offered in-person notes on my fifty pages, which culminated in an R&R. He expedited queries/requests for anyone who attended the convention: 8/19/18 (Sent 9/2/18)
2nd R&R: 11/6/18 (Sent 11/18/18)
FR: 11/25/18 (Sent 11/27/18)
Phone call with R&R: 1/1/19

Joshua has been so great during our back-and-forth - supportive, light-hearted, and very constructive. Let's hope this works out!
from ksanderson
Dec 16, 2018 1:29 pm

EQ 12/16
supernatural thriller
from jjadamson
Dec 10, 2018 4:55 pm

Glad I checked here. I guess he says "put it at the top of my reading list" to a lot of authors. Nothing personal either way. Still waiting to hear back eight weeks after getting a request for a sample and synopsis.
from AletheaStauron
Nov 11, 2018 8:45 pm

query sent 10/07
145k Sci-fi
After looking at my query sent to him, I realized I had forgotten the subject line. I sent him another query with an apology of absentmindedness. Resent 11/08. Hopefully he'll get this one.

He responded 11/11/18. Kind rejection. He did receive my missing subject lined query.
from nairforceone
Oct 21, 2018 6:06 am

EQ: 8/27/18
ER: 10/20/18

~80k Sci-Fi Humor
from AletheaStauron
Oct 14, 2018 5:01 pm

Yes, KristenH.
It is a sci-fi thriller. It is hard to place into a particular genre, but at the end of the story it's sci-fi. Many publishers will only look at sci-fi publishing if the word count starts at 125K. I believe Angry Robot is one such publisher. In my research, word count for my particular style is safe over 100k, but reaches a limit. I'm not opposed to edits, but I don't have any fluff in my story for large cuts either. The only way to shorten certain scenes is to start telling and not showing. That kills it for the reader. I dislike when authors do that.
I spoke with an agent, Steve Laube, and he was working with an author who had written 190k novel. He said it was genius but they where racking their skulls trying to decide where to dissect it.
That writer had hit the limit. My novel, Igniting the Phoenix, is the largest of my seven books in the series because of this information. Thank you for the consideration. I appreciate critiques and adjustments. You are welcome to give advice, and as you notice, I'm okay with emails. Just click on my name and send me one if you have any questions or advice you deem pertinent. I do consider all comments made.
from KristenH
Oct 14, 2018 7:18 am

EQ 8/29/18 (2nd/final Requery Chain Reaction)
CNR 10/12/18 (No word from nudges)

Alethea, that's word count is too high. You have too many genres too, unless it's a sci fi thriller.
from AletheaStauron
Oct 12, 2018 1:23 pm

Submitted him a query on 10/07
Waiting on reply for 145k suspense, thriller, sci-fi.

While I wait, and I encourage y'all to do the same, get the mailing list together for pre-launching. Update your blogs, twitter, face-pages, and other social media memberships you're a part of. Maybe even become members with the slant of your author status. Clean your profiles of unwanted advertisements and do some networking with those you're linked with. Not pushy but letting people know you exist and are a positive individual. Make it easy on your future agent, will ya? Set-up your website or do your research for what website provider you'll use and supplies you'll need to accommodate visitors. Start marketing initiatives and pre-launch ideas for success.
You see, the thing is that agents know the business, but they can't do all the heavy lifting. Your books are, and will only be, as good as your continuing effort. Here's a tidbit for you guys. Fifty Shades of Grey was a self-published novel based on a fan fiction dialog for Twilight lovers. The writing was poor, BUT... the fan base was already there. She had done her marketing and became a success. She was an Indie author, y'all.
from Kensi99
Oct 11, 2018 11:32 pm


Early June EQ
Request for 10 pages within a week
Said I was "top of the reading pile"
Checked in late August
Said I was "top of the reading pile"
Not a word since. Gonna CNR though I see he's taken even longer to send out a reject, so who knows.....

Oddly, as if he knew I wrote this, I got my reject today. Was nice, professional, and from what I've read here, did not seem like a form. He said it was probably his fault as a reader, but he wasn't feeling enough chemistry with the MS. It was a real long shot as the MS has a lot of romantic elements, and that doesn't seem to be his bag.
from brantldm
Sep 11, 2018 7:16 pm

EQ 3-25-18
Request for first 10 pages + short synopsis 4-12-18
Materials sent 4-15-18
ER 9-5-19 - personalized and constructive.

90K Contemporary Fantasy

Read his bio and blog - he likes personalized queries! I thanked him for bringing Charlaine Harris's work to readers (I'm a fan) as well as for responding to a blurb request I sent to Ms. Harris through him a few years back. Very nice request and kind words on premise and writing credentials. Ultimately rejected, but was kind and professional. Super excited and honored to get this far!
from DJMunden
Sep 06, 2018 7:26 am

EQ: 3/19/2018
Partial Request: 4/12/2018
ER: 9/5/2018

Wonderful man and a very respectful rejection. I'm still a little heartbroken since he was my dream agent, but I'm glad he at least attempted to read my manuscript.
from mskennicutt
Aug 21, 2018 10:43 am

EQ: 8/2/2018
PR (10 pages): 8/21/2018
from SteveP101
Jul 21, 2018 4:46 pm

EQ 7/21/18

Space opera, 80k
from bckinney
Jul 17, 2018 3:58 pm

EQ: 8/24/17
PR: 9/25/17, with apologies for slowly catching up on the pile that accumulated while traveling
On 3/13/18, I learned a special pro tip: if you meet with him and he gives you another email address, that one may be a better one to use for your query. Check with Joshua of course, but note the option for an alternate query address!
5/10/18: I had a revised version and asked if he wanted it. He said that he'd just been writing notes on the prior version, but wanted the new one anyways.
7/17/18: Nice personal rejection.

Epic fantasy 119k.

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