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Mr. Christopher Schelling

Selectric Artists

56 Planetarium Station

New York, NY 10024

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Twitter: CRSRipley

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from rowekey1
Nov 13, 2018 7:41 pm

EQ: 11/13/18

YA Fantasy 81k
from JoshuaFagan
Nov 07, 2018 8:52 am

(For a different book than the one I posted about before.)
EQ: 9/25/18
Nudge: 11/6/18
ER: 11/7/18

Basically, he said the book was too slow and there wasn't enough dialogue.
from Risa97
Nov 02, 2018 1:20 pm

EQ - 10/01/18
CNR - 11/2/18

YA 110K
from JoshuaFagan
Sep 25, 2018 2:13 pm

EQ: July 5th, 2018
ER: August 6th, 2018

After all the CNRs and form rejections I've had, I feel lucky when an agent shows they actually read my book, so points to him for that. He seems like a decent guy.
His response: "Thanks for sending your novel, Joshua, but I've had rotten luck with dystopian fiction and I didn't click with the writing here strongly enough to take up the charge again. Though I'm not the right agent for you, I appreciate the chance and wish you the best on your search."
from SpinyFirx
Sep 22, 2018 3:07 pm

EQ: 9/22/2018 (Fantasy)
from nairforceone
Sep 17, 2018 9:32 am

EQ: 8/27/18 (Full Manuscript, as per policy on website)
CNR: 9/17/18

80k Sci-Fi Humor
from askjudyww
Sep 06, 2018 4:05 pm

SF 140K
EQ: 8/29
from DiscoStories
Aug 11, 2018 3:18 pm

FYI––Christopher posted a really cool piece about his response(s) to queries on Twitter 8/9/18. @CRSRipley
from munchi5gal
Aug 10, 2018 11:18 am

Twitter: @CRSRipley
from DiscoStories
Aug 06, 2018 8:43 pm

Rocket, I have been wondering the same thing. I sent a query with the full ms on 5/7/18 and I see that others, who queried after me, have received rejections. The optimist in me wants to believe this is a good sign that I haven't heard yet, but could be the opposite! So curious, as he is my dream agent.
from Rocket
Aug 06, 2018 6:34 pm

Anyone know if there is a rhyme or reason to why some queries get a response and others go the CNR route?
from Catsamoa79
Aug 06, 2018 9:42 am

EQ: 7/6/18
ER: 8/6/18
Nice, personal note, praising the smart ideas, but did not think it was in the realm of what he has been able to sell in science fiction.
from LightofBeauty
Aug 02, 2018 9:00 pm

EQ: 6/18 (with full manuscript)
ER: 8/2

I can't say I was impressed by his feedback. It was just too general and vague, and even slightly confusing. It wasn't helpful and didn't give me any real insight into how he really felt about it aside from technical things like dialogue (which based on comments below seems to be something he likes to hone in on in his rejection letters?). He doesn't go into specifics about ANYTHING, no mention of characters, scenes, nothing, it's all technical. Even though he's definitely not sending out form rejections, he does seem to have a bit of a template/theme going with focusing a little too much on dialogue and style, and not enough on CONTENT, to the full manuscripts that he's reading. So to be honest, I wouldn't take his feedback to heart, UNLESS he's being VERY specific to YOUR book, which doesn't seem to be the case with most of the rejections he sends out, where what he mostly says could be said about any of the books he read. Yes, they're personalized, but so painfully general and vague, and not detailed enough. Just meh.

Seems like a nice guy and all, though, but he is definitely not the right agent for me.
from horrorchix89
Jul 16, 2018 9:06 am

Odd rejection

You've got interesting ideas but there's a bluntness to your style that kept it from coming alive for me. Thanks for the chance, though, and best of luck.
from jldelozier
Jun 16, 2018 4:38 pm

EQ: 72,000 word commercial
CNR: 6/16/18

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