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Ms. Amanda Rutter

Red Sofa Literary

St. Paul, MN



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Website: redsofaliterary.com/

Twitter: ALRutter

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from redpandabear
Jul 11, 2018 3:09 pm


7/6/18 - Sent the full she requested from my other rescind letter.

YA Fantasy
from redpandabear
Jul 11, 2018 3:08 pm


EQ: 4/1/17
FR: 4/24/17
Nudge to Confirm Receipt: 5/15/16 - received a positive reply within hours.
Nudge on material: 9/26/17 - replied within hours that it's "still on [her] reading list."
Nudge on material: 6/19/18 - Normally I'd file this as CNR, but she does seem unusually busy, so I'm giving it one last shot before I query a different project.
Rescind: 6/20/18 - I felt the project needed an overhaul after so many full rejections, and informed Amanda of my decision to rescind. I mentioned I was also pushing a different project, and she wrote back expressing interest and requesting the full once I'm ready to query. So... that was a pleasant surprise. I don't regret the decision to rescind, but I am thankful she's still interested in looking at my other work.

YA Paranormal Romance
from Tim_XP
Jun 17, 2018 8:29 pm


EQ: 5/6
FR: 5/24
Offer of rep: 6/17

Epic Fantasy, 111k
from eqb123
Jun 04, 2018 6:58 pm


Hi, Dawn, Thanks for the info. I know authors change agents. I was just confused how many clients Amanda had signed vs. how many she had now. No biggie, and have a great day!
from redsofaliterary
Jun 04, 2018 1:16 pm


Hello, this is Dawn from Red Sofa :)

I saw a note about someone worrying that publishing is a "lottery" of some sort. I can confirm as someone who has been around for a long while, it does take time and no agent can accept every query that comes their direction. There is not enough time in the day. And signing only a few authors out of 4K queries is very normal...many people do not follow submission guidelines. Sometimes the idea just isn't something in an agent's wheelhouse. Either way, we always try our best to get through the inbox, despite the already heavy work load.

And to the person who wonders about people changing agents, that happens too. This is not a new thing. You'd have to disregard all agents and editors if that is an issue, roles do change quite a bit in publishing on a regular basis. It's all about being professional in the end, not burning bridges when it's all said and done. :)

If you ever have questions about our agency, I'm always happy to answer those questions directly. dawn@redsofaliterary.com
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 02, 2018 10:05 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from eqb123
May 28, 2018 2:29 pm


@horrorchix89: That's interesting, since I know four authors who parted ways with Amanda since last summer.
from horrorchix89
May 24, 2018 11:17 am


Something about how hard publishing is and how they won’t lool at new authors. She has only signed 5 out of 4000 queries. I have better odds at winning cash in the lottery
from Dryadwriter
May 24, 2018 11:02 am


EQ: 5/8
ER: 5/24

YA contemporary fantasy 76,000 words

Form but she added a bit at the end about not liking anything with the sea. So, just an FYI. Lol!
from spieles
May 16, 2018 10:20 am


"I am away in Zakynthos between May 15th and 23rd... I will be in touch on my return."
from nacauldron
May 03, 2018 11:52 am


TY elrichards. I was hoping if I posted it someone could tell me if it was form or not. Not very helpful then, is it? Dang it!
from fictionalpieces
May 01, 2018 6:44 am


EQ: 3/16/18
FR: 5/1/18
from elrichards
Apr 30, 2018 9:45 pm


EQ: 2/27/18 (adult SF)
ER: 4/30/18

Form rejection; duplicate of what nacauldron posted below.
from nacauldron
Apr 30, 2018 5:27 pm


I received a wonderful rejection from her today:

I have now read your query. I can see the work put into the query and that
you have effectively captured the nature of the novel, but I confess that
it is not for me. I didn’t love it, and, unfortunately, if I don’t feel
that strongly, I’m the wrong agent for the work. Publishing is a
notoriously subjective business, and every author needs both an agent and
an editor who do love their work. It's hellishly difficult getting editors
to take a look at new authors, so that initial enthusiasm is vital.

FYI, I've taken on five writers as clients and turned down well over 4,000,
so far... I know it can be as difficult to get an agent as it is to be
taken on by a publisher. You just have to keep plugging away. Good luck.

All best wishes for the future.

Yours,
Amanda

I'm reviewing the query I sent her to make sure future ones capture its spirit as this is the best rejection I believe I've every gotten!
from 22niel
Apr 27, 2018 6:58 am


EQ: 02/02
ER: 04/27

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