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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 M_Heck
Dec 10, 2020 5:36 am

48 day nudge, CNR if no reply
from writingmostly
Dec 06, 2020 3:01 am

One of those agents who demands that you personalize your query, or else he probably won't read the pagers, and then he doesn't even bother to respond. You need to put the work into petting his ego and explaining why he's THE BEST AGENT AND YOU WILL JUST DIE IF YOU DON'T WORK WITH HIM but don't expect him to so much as acknowledge you.

He once wrote an article about queries that ended with the line "And if it doesn’t work out, please know that I wish you the best of luck connecting with a good agent who isn’t such an asshole." Definitely a case of "believe what he says."
from righthing04
Dec 02, 2020 2:35 pm

@Ardenwolfe I've queried multiple books at various times of the year and I've come to the conclusion there is no one good time of the year. Obviously they'll give preference to their current clients, but some workaholic agents work through the holiday season. It is rare, but I'd love to find an agent who loves working that much. Anyways, best of luck to all!
from Ardenwolfe
Nov 30, 2020 11:49 pm

@righthing04 On a side note, I will tell you that querying now is probably the worst time of the year. Most literary agents and editors are pushing their clients' books for the Christmas Crush. Also, and not to scare anyone, but the market is supersaturated with hopefuls. This is especially true for YA. So, the competition is as fierce as it's ever been, with authors trying to get their work recognized.

Keep at it, but know it's an uphill battle with everyone and their mother having time to write a book. A side effect of being locked up and at home due to COVID-19, it seems.

Regardless, best of luck!
from righthing04
Nov 24, 2020 11:48 pm

Ahh damn I guess I’ll try nudging. You’re probably right, but might as well give it a shot.
from Ardenwolfe
Nov 24, 2020 2:34 pm

@righthing04 Sadly, after eight weeks of no response, it probably means a no. Chris has also adopted a no-response means a rejection policy, these days. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. You can nudge, yet I very much doubt you'll get a response. The best-case scenario is your query got caught in the spam filter. You already know the worst case. Your call, but I'd say it was a no.

My apologies.
from righthing04
Nov 24, 2020 2:18 pm

It's been more than 8 weeks since I submitted my manuscript, should I wait or nudge? And if I should nudge, should I email, the one which I sent the book to, or, which is there on his contact tab?
from MandyMBallard
Nov 10, 2020 3:30 pm

EQ: 9/12
CNR: 11/10

90k YA fantasy
from righthing04
Nov 08, 2020 8:44 pm

Thank you.
from Ardenwolfe
Nov 08, 2020 5:42 pm

@righthing04 No, if you submitted before he became closed to queries, he'll still get to your work. Chris does this if he's overwhelmed and is trying to catch up due to his work submission method and responsibilities to current clients. This is normal for him. Hope this answer helped.
from righthing04
Nov 08, 2020 3:08 pm

If he's closed now, does that mean he won't respond to queries submitted in September?
from Patrick (admin)
Nov 05, 2020 3:50 pm

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

Thanks cadertot
from cadertot
Nov 05, 2020 1:48 pm

He's closed through 2020.
from keepthefaith
Oct 28, 2020 10:39 am

Thank you so much, @Ardenwolfe! I truly appreciate it :)
from Ardenwolfe
Oct 28, 2020 12:56 am

@KeeptheFaith: Yes, he will, but it'll be a hard sell. I do know that it's best to ask first. Best of luck. :)

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