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Mr. Brooks Sherman

The Bent Agency

19 West 21st Street, Suite 201

New York, NY 10010

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Twitter: byobrooks

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Jun 30, 2015 7:03 am

Queried back in November. Several nudges (per website rules). No response to anything in eight months. I used to think he was my dream agent, but I'm going to CNR. I'm not sure I'd want an agent who seems to have so much trouble keeping on top of things.
Jun 22, 2015 6:57 pm

EQ: 6/22/15
from MoonChiquita
Jun 18, 2015 10:52 am

trolly_dei - thanks so much for sharing your story and timeline. It's very helpful and heartening to see success stories that don't happen overnight (or within a week or a month). Congratulations and I'm wishing you luck and that Brooks gets you a speedy, wonderful sale! :)
from trolly_dei
Jun 18, 2015 10:22 am

I was still querying a few other agents during that period and had a couple fulls out. I didn't hear back from Brooks after a nudge, and assumed it just wasn't right for him. Then the other week I received interest from an independent publisher and asked a friend (who happens to be Brooks' client) for advice. She mentioned it to Brooks and he remembered me, and I think he kicked himself for dropping the ball. My MS straddled the line between NA and YA and I think most agents just didn't know how to sell it. He dropped me a line, apologized for not responding, offered some suggestions on how to make the MS more YA, and we both realized we were a good fit for each other!
from alibryn
Jun 18, 2015 10:05 am

Congrats, trolly_dei! That's wonderful!

If I might, I'm curious about your timeline. You sent the full in Feb 2014, and received an offer 16 months later, is that correct? Can you tell us a bit about what took place during those 16 months? (R&R, etc.?)

Best wishes!!

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