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Ms. BJ Robbins

BJ Robbins Literary Agency

5130 Bellaire Avenue

North Hollywood, CA 91607

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from KristenH
Mar 09, 2016 4:01 pm

On 1/25/16, I've requeried BJ Robbins with Venom. After a nudge I sent her two weeks ago, it's CNR. I'll try her in the spring with Chain Reaction.
from amh1967
Nov 04, 2015 12:14 pm

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We have received your query and will consider it carefully, but please
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BJ Robbins Literary Agency
from StephenH
Nov 03, 2015 12:25 pm

EQ 7/22/15
CNR 11/2/15

Lit fic 96K
from baymoon
Oct 23, 2015 5:09 pm

EQ 10/23/15
from kbangs
Aug 07, 2015 3:40 pm

EQ: 8/1/15
from lynettehoff
Jul 16, 2015 1:57 pm

EQ: 5/27/15
FR: 6/30/15
ER: 7/16/15 :( Just not right for them
from remember123
Mar 24, 2015 12:39 pm

3/24/15, via an assistant to BJ Robbins:
Hi Remember,
Thank you so much for letting us read XXX. We see the appeal and feel it's well written, but am sorry to say it's not right for us.

Best of luck with it!
from remember123
Mar 17, 2015 3:44 pm

EQ: 3/10/15
FR: 3/17/15
Feeling a bit anxious already about this one after reading some of the comments below. Guess I'll hope the luck o' the Irish is with me and that BJ will consider my book her pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
from PawPaw
Oct 20, 2014 6:18 pm

Don't feel bad, Jack London had 47 MS before he sold his first. And it was not the Call of the Wild..
from TerryRodgers
Jan 10, 2014 12:56 pm

Sampa, a personally friend of mine has been writing for more than 30 years. In that time he has written 27 novels. None had ever sold until last year. On his 27th novel, his agent sold it. That is not a typo. That's twenty-seven novels and he never gave up. His novel comes out in May.
from KristenH
Jan 08, 2014 6:45 am

Thanks Sampa. 15 years? Oh wow. I've been at it for three years. Have you thought of other avenues like small pubs/indie press, e-pubs and self-pubbing?
from Sampa4
Jan 07, 2014 5:35 pm

Good luck, Angel Scribe. After 15 years of this, Ive retired. Not in the cards.
from Sampa4
Jan 07, 2014 5:33 pm

After request for full Nov. 22, a nudge on Jan. 6 and this form letter on Jan. 7:

We read XXX with great interest; it was very promising, and we saw a lot of potential for representation. However, I’m sorry to say that it’s not quite what we’re looking for at this time.

Please keep in mind that the agency has a very small list and this is simply our opinion. We're sure another agent will feel differently, and we encourage you to continue to seek representation.

Best of luck with your writing!
from KristenH
Jan 04, 2014 7:15 am

My query for both mss have been revised many times since Day 1. I had two writer friends look at it and give me feedback in October via Writers Helping Writers. My mss have been edited by me, a crit partner, and my local writing group. I hope to join my RWA's local charter this year. I can't afford an editor at this moment. But those R&Rs, and those agents waited for the full patiently, and my recent partial reject for Chain Reaction last month, all give me hope that it would lead to a YES by mid-winter. I'm not giving up yet. Knock on wood, this might be the year! My luck will turn around soon. I haven't forgotten about small/indie presses, e-pubs and self publishing via Amazon either.
from Sampa4
Jan 03, 2014 1:34 pm

Thanks, Angel Scribe. Just got another form reject today. Nah, Im done. I have 13 more agents to go, at least half will be silent nos cuz theyve had the query since around Halloween. There's one full out there now and Ill nudge in mid-Jan. Ive been at this for a while. I ain't got what it takes. I am absolutely positive of that now; more than ever. I had my doubts. I used to think I was good at this stuff cuz I had so many doors open for me over the last 10 years, but now I know...I cant close the deal. Cant close the deal cuz the product doesnt sell itself. And Im not famous.

The way I look at it is this, and I hate to say it: 80 agents could be wrong. 100 agents....MAYBE...but 200? 144? Now that's bending the odds. There are only so many agents out there that want your kind of book, my kind of book. There is no sense sending it to every agent in the GLA. I read their lists, wrote personal emails to each, whereas by personal I might have said, I see you rep BLANK and her book is similar in theme to mine, blah blah, blah. Then onto the query. All rejects. You can kiss their ass and pay $1,000 for an ex-agent to write your query, but if the book isn't interesting, then as Sarah Palin used to say, you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig. ; ) And I dont even like Sarah Palin...

I have to tell you this, because writers need our own Simon Cowell, and Im telling you that if Venom and Chain Reaction got rejected that many times, its not going to see Barnes & Noble ever. Im sorry. You dont have to believe it. And you can keep trying. But as the book stands now, if that many people for that long have all said no in one way or another, there is something wrong with it, whatever that may be. But the main thing wrong with it is that it wont sell. My baby, my book, same thing. It wont sell. My baby is a reject.

Did you have your query professionally polished? You should.

Did you have your ms's professionally edited by a published author, all the way from Ch. 1 to the very end? You should.

Only when you do that do you know that you did your very best. Until then, youre really flying blind. And Id also consider a writers workshop, like Gotham, where you are with students who are giving you focus group style feedback. Whenever you give $$$ to an individual to critique you, there job is to work with you til the end. You paid them. THey want to motivate you. So they will never be fully honest. No editor-for-hire is going to tell their client: your book is unpublishable. No one. Even if they believe that. So take that with a grain of salt and do a workshop with other authors who will give you their thoughts, for free.

I think J.K. Rowling was rejected right around 100 times. Another famous writer whose name escapes me was rejected 88 times before he struck it rich. I remember my MFA teachers and other agents/writers telling me that the magic number was 100. I used to just query maybe 10 guys and that was that (when I was younger: three!). In the industry, they say if you get up to 100 queries and all are rejections, the market doesnt believe it will sell.

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