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Ms. Tia Mele

Talcott Notch Literary Services



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Website: www.talcottnotch.net/

Twitter: tiathetiger

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from BioGrimm15
Yesterday 7:44 pm


EQ 01-15-19
ER 02-13-19
YA Horror 68K in-depth rejection, helpful
from milli505
Yesterday 11:32 am


Congrats @hkral11!
from hkral11
Yesterday 10:52 am


EQ: 10/17/18
PR: 10/24/18
FR: 12/09/18
Offer of representation!!!: 2/15/19

Contemporary romance 79k
from jumpingsheep
Feb 14, 2019 2:10 pm


EQ: 1/16/2019
PR: 2/14/2019

YA Sci-Fi 77K
from TaylorKonrad
Jan 31, 2019 7:31 am


EQ: 2019/01/22 - YA SciFi
from milli505
Jan 21, 2019 1:26 pm


EQ: 12/13
PR: 12/27
FR: 1/21

YA Contemporary, 76k
from turtlefairy1
Jan 09, 2019 1:22 pm


EQ 12/19/18 (dvpit request)
FR 01/09/19

YA Fantasy
from athetland
Jan 08, 2019 2:47 pm


EQ: 11/14/18
PR: 11/28/18
Sent: 12/1/18

YA Contemporary fantasy, 67K

Received a rejection on 1/3/18. She stated that she loved the cast of characters and thought it was well written, but didn't connect with the story overall. It was a nice response.
from ispyamystery
Dec 29, 2018 2:45 pm


I queried on 12/9 and got a reject today. I looked at the comments to see if the rejection was personal or form; based on the comments it seems it is personal. I'm going to quote it for you guys below. But I wanted to address the comment katiekat1758 wrote.

I went back to school and got a bachelor's degree in Writing. I graduated with the highest honors in the school (summa cum laude). We had to write two pages for every class, every week, and we sat in writing groups where each person (6 or 10) critiqued your work. Often they ripped it to shreds in front of the group. At first, it was upsetting if someone said anything critical at all. After a while, it is like water off a duck's back: you take the comments that you can use to improve your work, and you ignore the rest. This is a BRUTAL business, Katie, so if an agent taking the time to give you personal feedback makes you cry, all I can say is toughen up or get the hell out. I'm not trying to be mean; I'm trying to be nice. Tia could've sent you a form rejection so that you had NO IDEA why she rejected you, or she could've not responded AT ALL and left you wondering what was happening. Instead, she gave you her opinion. Now you know why she rejected you. It is not her job to give out free writing advice (by telling you what was good about your query) -- she is not a writing school. Look at your query and see if there is something you can improve based on her comments. Or don't, and instead just file this rejection and keep plugging away. Getting a rejection means you tried. That is all it means. BTW, I have an agent already for my adult fiction novel; she doesn't represent MG, so I'm getting a different agent for my new MG. So I speak from experience -- I queried and I got an agent out of the slush pile. You can too. But there is no crying in publishing. ;)

Here is my reject from Tia:
"....The story in the query sounds interesting and I like the intense undertones of the plot. However, I found I didn't connect with the narrative as much as I hoped, and that is why I ultimately decided to pass..."

I might look at my first 10 pages and make sure I'm starting the story in the right place, and also that the pages are compelling enough and really make a statement about who the main character is right off the bat. So actually, her opinion is quite helpful.

Good luck everybody.
from fmartinez
Dec 20, 2018 4:18 pm


EQ: 11/02/2018
PR: 11/20/2018
FR: 12/18/2018
FR sent: 12/19/2018
12/19/2018, read full manuscript and offer to R&R
YA Contemporary
from agreeable
Dec 18, 2018 3:27 pm


EQ: 11/5
PR: 11/25
ER: 12/18
YA Contemporary

Nice rejection, it was clear my style isn't for her.
from mirandaf
Dec 06, 2018 10:22 pm


@rhyan_wittman it looks like she's gotten to most queries sent before 11/17 :) requested material appears a bit variable.
from Rhyan_Wittman
Dec 06, 2018 8:57 pm


Anyone know what date she's up to?
from JennBouchard
Dec 06, 2018 4:13 pm


I do appreciate that she took the time to read the sample pages and reply with her feedback.
from ilikejokers
Dec 06, 2018 8:21 am


Tia really does take her time to read and consider every query she gets. She had my full over the summer and passed on it, but she provided me with TWO pages of notes which helped me to revise the novel. I sent her my revisions this fall and she gladly re-read my novel but ultimately passed. I now have an offer of representation from another agent, but Tia's notes were invaluable to making my novel grow to its true potential. Every rejection will bring you closer to where you're truly meant to be. Don't give up!

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