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Started her own agency. Formerly with Jennifer De Chiara Literary .

Ms. Colleen Oefelein

Adventure Write Literary Management



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Online Form: Yes

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from Patrick (admin)
Apr 01, 2021 8:59 pm

The purpose of the comment sections are to discuss your query experiences with the agent. Anything outside of that does not belong here. Which is why I've been communicating with the members here via private messages instead of cluttering up the comments.

As I explained in private messages, Colleen qualifies for listing because, when an agent is hired by an agency that is already listed, that agent becomes qualified for listing as well. Later leaving the agency does not change that. Once in, they're in, unless some severe misconduct is discovered.

The question of whether she is qualified for listing is now settled, and therefore the conversation on the subject will be removed. No further discussion is required. Continuing to harp on the subject in the comments, argue in the comments, or post anything outside of the intended purposes will result in the violating member being removed from QueryTracker.

Sorry it had to come to this, but there are other more appropriate places to hold these kinds of conversations. QT is not it.
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 24, 2021 7:45 pm

This "conversation" is getting out of hand and has been removed. The gist of all this is simple enough and I'll state it here so no one else has to.

Colleen has no known sales. Simple as that.

Many agents have no sales. They all have to start somewhere. Which is why QT listing requirements have other requirements besides just sales. Colleen meets those other listing requirements.

If anyone wants to discuss this topic further, please take it to a more appropriate venue.
from jdruffin
Mar 21, 2021 10:21 am

FQ: 3/20/21
YA Fantasy 78k
from tseitz92
Mar 20, 2021 9:07 am

I queried her on 1/2/21. Figured I wouldn't hear anything from her. Last week, received a email rejection from her (under Adventure Write).
from MPerera
Mar 08, 2021 12:56 pm

@ManderLeigh : Yes, I did, and she said that she had contacts among editors from her work at Inklings. But, for certain reasons, I felt it was best to look for representation elsewhere.
from ManderLeigh
Mar 06, 2021 12:02 pm

@MPerera did you ask if she had an idea which editors she would pitch too? You can also find sales in PW. If you're singing with a new agent at a REPUTABLE agency they would have contacts. THe only book on her site is with Omnific, a vanity press publisher that would published fanfic, and some book she's working on with her husband.

Inklings was not reputable and dissolved, none of the agents had experience. JDLA I'm seeing the junior agents don't have sales but signing a lot of clients. A well-meaning agent is nice and all, but the point of an agent is TO SELL your book to publishers who don't take unsolicited material, so why sign with someone with questionable experience and no sales? For someone who is claiming to been in the industry for 10 years and not a single sale is a big flag. You spend years working as an assistant to a big agent and when you sign a client the experienced agent will help you pitch the book to editors. I would still advise writers against signing with this agent as a wait and see. If she's a good agent her sales will prove it.

TIP for writers: if you're signing with a new agent at an agency ask them if they know which publishers and editors they would pitch your book to.
from Patrick (admin)
Feb 22, 2021 8:55 am

Profile Update: Started her own agency. Formerly with Jennifer De Chiara Literary .
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 25, 2021 10:22 am

Profile Update: Now longer with this agency.
from ChozoMidna
Jan 17, 2021 11:13 pm

Form Query 11/19/2020
Rejected 1/11/2021

I never got an email saying my query had been rejected. I had to check my query status on QueryManager.

YA Mystery 60k
from SeeBarbWrite
Jan 10, 2021 9:47 am

Query Form: 1/05/20
Form letter rejection: 1/10/20

60k Adult romance
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 05, 2021 12:11 pm

Profile Update: Genres updated.
from Whitegardenia
Jan 02, 2021 7:58 pm

From her bio on agency website:

“... I’m weary of politics, school shootings, dragons, vampires, faeries, and werewolves, and I usually don’t enjoy high fantasy, sword and sorcery, lyrical tales, heavy/spacey sci-fi, literary fiction, or women’s fiction...”

Guess I’ll cross her off my “women’s fiction” list.
from Isolamelia
Dec 28, 2020 1:06 pm

Query Form: 11/28/20
Form letter rejection: 12/28/20
from ASMannai
Dec 25, 2020 8:36 am

Form Query: 11/7/20
Form Rejection: 12/24/20
YA Fiction 75,000 words
from mike_yaffe
Dec 24, 2020 1:25 pm

11/4/20 FQ
12/24/20 ER
commercial fiction 60K

Thank you so much for giving me a chance to consider [BOOK TITLE]. Unfortunately this doesn't feel like the right project for me at this time. I'm so sorry, but this is a pass for me.

Please remember that this is a highly subjective industry, and what doesn't work for me may be exactly what another agent loves. It only takes one yes to get you in the door!

I wish you the best of luck in your search!


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