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Deceased - April 27, 2013

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Mr. John Ware

John A. Ware Literary Agency

392 Central Park W

New York, NY 10025



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from Patrick (admin)
May 09, 2013 8:09 am


Profile Update: Agent deceased - April 27, 2013
from jcmckenna
Mar 13, 2013 5:50 pm


queried 2/26/13
rejection 3/13/13

Urban Fantasy -- handwritten note at the top of the returned query letter: "I appreciate [our mutual acquaintance's] referral, but, alas, this is beyond my 'willing suspension of disbelief.' Thanks, though, and great good luck with it."
from ChiTrader
Sep 25, 2012 9:24 am


queried 9/6/12
form rejection 9/24/12

Suspense novel
from KristenH
Sep 27, 2011 7:12 am


That's interesting I_M_Elm. Good luck Flygal!
from flygal716
Sep 27, 2011 4:41 am


Agh...I just queried to his blind spot on 9/21, so expect to get the same.

10/3 - received handwritten blind spot letter like the one below. :)
from l_m_elm
Sep 26, 2011 9:17 pm


Snail Mail: 09/08/2011
Form Rejection w/ personalized comment: 09/26/2011

Historical Mystery

Note on original query: "Alas, amateur sleuths are a categorical blind spot of mine. But thanks & good luck."
from KristenH
Apr 12, 2011 6:54 am


That's way cool NancyBee!


5.18--I sent him my query for Chain Reaction. Today, I've heard back from him, after I nudged him. Same response as before: "not for me."
from nancybee
Apr 11, 2011 11:44 am


Met him at a writer's conference this weekend. Very nice man. BUT very clear that he gets annoyed when writers send him stuff outside his areas of interest. Best to check several sites to see what his is interested in and assume that overlaps are then only correct ones.

The good part of our discussion? He asked me to pitch my novel, made a couple of general suggestions and asked me to send him a query and the first 5 pages when I'd made the revisions. How cool is that?
from REMLIG
Apr 08, 2011 5:26 pm


The information on QueryTracker is NOT accurate. This agent does not handle MEMOIRS.

3/19/11 snail mail query letter.
4/2/11 REJECTION. He returned my query letter and on the top of it he wrote me a note -- "Sorry, no memoirs, categorically. Good luck with it.
from KristenH
Feb 28, 2011 4:16 pm


Sent him my snail mail query on 2/11 and heard back from him today, one week before I was going to do a follow up. He wrote on my query: "not for me." No boxes or underlines.
from rkollman
Jan 03, 2011 2:59 pm


Snail Mail Q 12/22/2010
Snail Mail R 12/31/2010

In cursive on my query, in blue ink mailed back to me, was written, "Alas, not for me. But thanks & good luck. JW/S"

For those of us not initiated into the initial rites of the business world, the slash capital S "/S" usually means "JW" did not himself write the preceding comment, but rather an assistant, initial "S," wrote it for him. If "JW" had written the comment himself, it would have been preceded by a lowercase "s" in brackets, "/s/," signifying his own signature or initials.

Maybe wants us to think we're getting personal attention?

No boxes or underlining on mine.

from DarkPlot
Nov 10, 2010 4:51 pm


wrote "Alas not for me but good luck" on the query.
Drew a square around "suspense" and underlined "action"
Maybe he was telling me I needed a hyphen?
from Shirleefender
Oct 30, 2010 8:20 am


Submitted query via snail mail for our cookbook. Even though it says he represents cookbooks in the GENRE list, he doesn't.

He underlined COOKBOOK in our query and added this note: "Also, not my book category. But thanks, good luck.
from abwriter
Oct 15, 2010 3:06 pm


snail mailed a query for a mystery on 9/29; received form rejection on 10/14
from mayhem
Aug 01, 2010 4:19 pm


Sent 30 page partial, got a very polite letter back in two weeks saying they loved the writing, but could not suspend disbelief enough.

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