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Ms. Beth Campbell

BookEnds, LLC

136 Long Hill Rd.

Gillette, NJ 07933



Twitter: Campbele_E

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from woodpanel
Aug 15, 2018 3:59 pm

EQ: 04/11/18
ER: 08/15/18

90k adult sci-fi
from CaitlinEJones
Aug 15, 2018 2:02 pm

@Catsamoa79 Happy to hear! Beth does seem to respond to every query she gets, so I suggest patience with her responses. Keeping fingers crossed for my manuscript: this is its 12th full.
from annikab
Aug 15, 2018 11:13 am

They know what they're doing. It's how the industry works. Good luck finding something different!
from desert_rain
Aug 14, 2018 9:18 pm

annikab, and/or you can get an agent who responds in timely manner, knows what they are doing and therefore sells your book in a reasonable amount of time.
it's not just them who chooses us - we also CHOOSE them
from annikab
Aug 14, 2018 7:59 pm

Yep, what SaraCo said. Generally when an agent has a reliably super quick turnaround on fulls it means one of two things: either they are focusing on acquiring tons of MSs at the expense of their existing clients, or (more common) they don't read manuscripts themselves--an intern does it for them. Would much prefer to know the agent is reading my MS, even if it takes longer. In the mean time, you can query literally every single other agency that reps your genre (and, between query batches, revise your query letter, pages, and full MS if you're lucky enough to get feedback).

It's patience because nothing gets faster from here on out. It might take an agent 2 months to get you an edit letter on your MS even once you've signed. You won't hear anything for months at a time while out on submission. Even once an editor bites it's weeks or months of contract negotiations. You might spend a year out on sub, have no takers (do you know more than 50% of agented first novels don't sell?) and have to start over on edits and sub with a new book--which is why whenever you're waiting in this industry, you aren't waiting. You're writing the next book.
from SaraCo
Aug 14, 2018 6:29 pm

desert_rain Yes, it does.
Honestly, as much as I like a quick turn around, I get skeptical of people who are too quick. The fact that she takes time with queries tells me she is probably more focused on her existing clients than acquiring new ones. When I do get an agent, I want them to focus on selling my work, not be living in their slush pile.
Good luck.
from desert_rain
Aug 14, 2018 3:44 pm

annikab & SaraCo, I don't think patience has anything to do with it. She still has over 20 fulls from the past year that she hasn't answered, many of which are month and months old - you really gotta ask yourself if you want this agent to represent you even if they happen to like your work.
Everyone gets behind - that's understandable - but then just close yourself to queries to catch up. I find it to be simply unfair to the writer to request their full so that they can't query anyone else at the agency and then not respond for a year.
that's how I see it, and I prefer someone who will be more timely in their communication to represent me and my work
from Catsamoa79
Aug 14, 2018 2:25 pm

CaitllinEJones - Gives me hope! My query has been out since 5/12!
from CaitlinEJones
Aug 14, 2018 12:20 pm

EQ: 04/07/18
FR: 08/14/18 (sent same day. 128 days later! I had actually closed this as no response: this was surprising!)
from checola11
Aug 14, 2018 7:34 am

EQ: Sci-fi 95k 8/13/18
from annikab
Aug 07, 2018 12:57 am

@Desert_rain everything in this industry is that slow, forever. You have to just be willing to leave thing X to bake while you work on thing Y. Books take years and years. Querying is faster paced than most, because you can be submitting to any other agency while you're waiting to hear back from this one. But I hope your gamble pays off!
from SaraCo
Aug 06, 2018 8:32 pm

desert_rain You need that kind of patience to make it in this industry.

Some agents respond quicker than others, but a quick response time doesn't necessarily make a better agent. And some of the people who respond quick to queries take much longer with fulls.

And from what I've heard, when an agent has a book out on submission, it isn't exactly a quick process.
from desert_rain
Aug 06, 2018 7:59 pm

@jenniwood731 oh man... if you have that kind of patience - great, but i seriously just don't. there's plenty of agents that respond much faster, so i'd rather try that. everything's a gamble i guess, but i'm willing to try. it's more fun than way
from jenniwood731
Aug 06, 2018 7:51 pm

@desert_rain Sorry to hear you decided to withdraw your query. Summer is the slowest time of the year for the entire publishing world, and even though it seems like Beth is really slow, how quickly she replies to manuscripts is pretty average from my experience, and being three months 'behind' at this time of year isn't that unusual. (I'm hanging out at 6 months for my full with her. I have a full out with a different agent that is going on a year and a half.) It's just a slow moving process.
from desert_rain
Aug 06, 2018 6:15 pm

after careful consideration I decided to withdraw my query. Beth seems like an awesome agent, but it kinda looks like maybe her priority is not in building her list right now. She has over three months worth of unanswered queries and many full manuscripts to read (at least according to QT timeline), so she probably won't get to mine for half a year even if she's interested and I just don't want to wait that long. it's kinda my bad because I didn't discover the timeline thing until after I submitted (should have watched those instructional videos duh!) otherwise I would not have submitted to her
oh well...

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