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Mr. Russell Galen

Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc.

276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 708

New York, NY 10001

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Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from CandaceDavenport
May 03, 2016 4:13 pm

from CombatKatie
Apr 24, 2016 4:12 pm

Does anyone know if he's a no-response-means-no agent?
from Thaydawg
Apr 16, 2016 7:38 am

EQ: March 25

Epic Fantasy: 195k
from Ambiguous_A
Mar 30, 2016 10:33 am

EQ: 3/30
Personalized R: 3/31
YA Speculative Thriller

He said my query letter was definitely well written, but he's not expanding his YA list right now. I'm just flattered he thinks the query's good!
from GoldenEagle
Mar 17, 2016 10:52 am

A comp title is a comparison title. What is your book like? Is it a "Gone Girl" or "Davinci Code?" Thriller? Mystery? Something to show a way to market the book or at least hook the reader of your query.

Obviously you shouldn't say "This is the next Girl on the Train," but if it's a book about an alcoholic on trial, maybe pitch it as a cross between John Grisham and Lawrence Block.

This may not be the best explanation.

from afelyk
Mar 15, 2016 10:04 pm

Don't despair, turtlefairy1. A friend of mine sent me a copy of Pushcart's Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections: A History of Insult, A Solace to Writers a few years back. A great read. The book makes you realize that you, too, walk among the true literary giants who were resoundingly destroyed by agents and critics. Just dust yourself off and get that batting helmet back on.
from turtlefairy1
Mar 15, 2016 6:29 pm

EQ 2/25
FR 2/26
ER 3/15
Holy crap. That was the most detailed, heartbreaking rejection of my life. I mean, I appreciated that he told me what was wrong with it, but he REALLY gave it to me. Dang. I gotta go lie down.
YA Fantasy
from PeteMarsh
Mar 02, 2016 6:41 pm

EQ: 2/16

No response as of yet. Looks like others have been responded to that queried later than me. Might have to close this one out.
from hilaryg
Feb 02, 2016 8:33 am

EQ = E-Mail Query
ER = E-Mail Rejection
from maugjacq
Feb 02, 2016 5:03 am

What do EQ and ER mean? Also, what is a "comp title"?
from eqb123
Jan 17, 2016 2:32 pm

EQ: 10/11/15
ER: 10/12/15

Friendly personal rejection. Likes the concept but wants a more obvious SF element.
from jamesegraham
Jan 08, 2016 4:51 pm

Mr. Galen is another I was able to reach out to through a contact. On 1/6 he said he'd take a look at my query, and on 1/8 he returned with an extremely considerate rejection (to my contact):

"The project sounds fine; it's not him, it's me. I've been handling fantasy for 30+ years and I'm burned out on the particular sub-genre he talks about. I've read so many books in this Tolkien vein that I just can't read another. I am still eager to find young new fantasy authors but am only looking for writers who are doing something experimental and unconventional. I don't advise writer to do that, I'm just saying that that's the only way to get a rise out of me at this stage in my life."

Fair enough!

High Fantasy 152K.
from rowekey1
Jan 04, 2016 10:46 am

EQ: 12/2
No response as of yet
78k Fantasy
from SJSover
Nov 16, 2015 4:52 pm

This was the most amazing rejection letter I've received. He said my query was well-written and that my novel sounded strong and competent but he represents too much of this type of fantasy right now. I plan on trying with my next one. :D
from pinguicha
Oct 21, 2015 9:53 am

Russell really is a fantastic guy, and definitely has a lot of insight and experience in the business. I had the opportunity to talk to him in NYC some months ago. The subject of his non-responsiveness to queries in general is exactly what TerryRodgers said: he's a huge agent, and doesn't have time to reply to every query, especially since he gets hundreds a week and he'd rather devote that time to his existing clients. When he does reply, it's usually with personalized feedback, but those are very few. I also asked about if he was taking on new clients for YA, and he mostly does younger audiences now when his current clients ask him.

And for those querying, definitely don't use comp titles. He doesn't care for those.

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