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Ms. Saba Sulaiman

Talcott Notch Literary Services

31 Cherry Street, Suite 100

Milford, CT 06460

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from hdiangelis
Jan 02, 2018 12:53 pm

EQ: 10/23/17
ER: 12/20/17 (personalized and encouraging)
from romwrit
Dec 18, 2017 1:08 pm

EQ: 12/16/17
ER: 12/18/17
Very nice, personal rejection. Very encouraging.
Dear XXXX,

Hi there, and thanks for thinking of me! I just reviewed xxxxx and I must say—this is an intriguing concept and I’m looking to sign some romance clients, so I was eager to dive into your pages!

That having been said, I'm afraid I'm going to have to pass on your project because I didn't really connect with it as much as I would have liked. The tone of your writing feels authentic, and reflects how well-read you are in the subgenre, but the pages overall just didn't grab me, and I couldn't connect with them. I just wasn’t feeling that buzz of excitement that I need to feel about the writing before I request more pages, especially since I’m being particularly selective about signing on new clients because the market is just so competitive.

I prefer my romance to be more character-driven, and that’s where the market is going as well. There’s a lot of action in this opening, which is certainly better than no action, but ultimately I found it difficult to get a solid sense of Alex’s personality, and what about him makes him the ultimate romance hero. These pages are already very strong, so I’m certain that if you give them that final push you can take the book to the next level and then find success with it.

I wish I had better news for you -- I always like to remind writers that regardless of my subjective opinion, there are lots of agents out there. Who knows, someone might just feel that "spark" for your project and want to represent it as it currently stands. Please continue to persevere, and I wish you the very best of luck in securing representation!

My best,
from PandaNinja
Dec 15, 2017 7:48 am

EQ: 10/16
ER: 12/14 - She apologized for the long wait but it was a personalized rejection. She liked my premise but wanted the voice to be stronger and she couldn’t connect with the main character.
Bummer...Despite the sting, it was a nice rejection letter.
from LightofBeauty
Dec 14, 2017 10:35 pm

EQ: 10/17
ER: 12/14

Saba is a total sweetheart! Her extremely personalized rejection, even though it follows the same formula as others below, was so complimentary. It's a form and yet not a form: she personalizes it so much, and is specific enough, that it never feels glib, forced, or fake. I could tell that she really wanted to represent me and my work, but she just couldn't connect with it and "the voice" of my writing enough to take it on. I was surprised at how long and well-thought out her response was (about three paragraphs as others have mentioned), like she took the time to even read the sample pages again to analyze WHY she wasn't connecting, but boiled it down to just not having the "spark" for it. She clearly regrets the decision but as form-y as it sounds she is right, she can't take on someone if she's not 100% in love with the project. Sure, every agent says that, but it's how she said it that was just so lovely. She even acknowledged that all that she said gave me nothing constructive to work with and she regrets that too, but that's okay. She clearly read my pages and truly carefully considered. Everything she said gave me the impression that she's the real deal. This is an agent who has so much heart and soul. Even in a rejection, she is so genuine and passionate through and through. It was an honor to query someone that awesome.
from terrilynm
Dec 11, 2017 3:03 pm

EQ: 12/8/17
FR: 12/8/17

from qreamsicle
Dec 02, 2017 9:49 am

EQ: 3/19/17
FR: 3/31/17

YA contemporary

Still waiting to hear, but I have enjoyed my brief correspondence with Saba, who seems wonderful!
from chelseajmosley
Nov 29, 2017 10:44 am

Initial Query: 10/20
PR: 50 pages 11/27
from scritrice
Nov 07, 2017 1:43 pm

EQ: 10/10
ER: 11/1

Said my book was not YA
from querymary
Nov 03, 2017 3:50 pm

EQ 10/25/17
ER 11/3

Very nice rejection from her assistant.
from LissaC
Oct 29, 2017 9:08 pm

R&R April 2017
Resubmitted October 29, 2017
from flyteitout
Oct 17, 2017 2:41 pm

EQ 10/16

ER 10/7

from jamielynn_boothe
Oct 17, 2017 10:49 am

Submitted a Query to her yesterday. I was excited that she had started receiving them again just the day before :-) praying she will love my query!
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 16, 2017 8:31 am

Profile Update: Open to queries.

from HRuthMiller
Sep 19, 2017 12:36 pm

Very kind, thoughtful rejection on a full. Invited me to submit future work to her. Still on my top-agents-I-want-to-work-with list.
from Christi12
Sep 08, 2017 9:54 am

EQ: 9/2/17 - request for synopsis and 10 pages from a conference (sent a month after the conference).
ER 9/8/17 - nice thoughtful response. Wasn't connecting with the voice of the narrator. She felt it was super subjective and that my writing may just connect with a different agent. UGH! First rejection on this MS and it kind of stung, but overall, it was not horrible.

upmarket with speculative elements

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