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Ms. BJ Robbins

BJ Robbins Literary Agency

5130 Bellaire Avenue

North Hollywood, CA 91607

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from LightofBeauty
Yesterday 10:20 pm

EQ: 5/19
from jldelozier
Apr 21, 2018 10:52 am

EQ: 3/23/18 commercial crime
CNR: 4/21/18
from JasonTVoiovich
Apr 16, 2018 1:16 pm

EQ: 4/16/2018 business, narrative nonfiction
Rec'd auto-reply with same message as others
from drgldy76
Feb 28, 2018 7:46 am

EQ 2/28/18
from laurids
Nov 06, 2017 5:38 am

EQ with 1st chapter pasted in 10/1/17
FR same day
ER 11/5 w personal note
literary fiction
from KristenH
Oct 31, 2017 4:05 pm

EQ 9/6/17 (Diplomatic Immunity)
CNR 10/31/17 (No word from nudge.)

Congrats on full Laurids!
from lesliepatten
Oct 11, 2017 5:48 pm

EQ 10/10/17
Request for Proposal and 2 chapters 10/11/17
from tennisplayernw
Sep 22, 2017 9:46 am

EQ 7/27/17 5pm Break Point
Full Request 7/27/17 1130pm
Rejection 9/13/17

from KristenH
Jun 21, 2017 4:13 pm

EQ 4/4/17 (requery Venom)
CNR 6/16/17 (No word from nudge.) Will try her with DI this summer.
from debbie_rosenberg58
May 10, 2017 1:43 pm

EQ 5/10

WF 90,500 although I wrote "commercial fiction" in my query since my novel straddles that line.
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 26, 2017 3:30 pm

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from YSandomir
Feb 09, 2017 6:24 pm

EQ: 2/9/17
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from Zelena
Sep 23, 2016 4:15 am

EQ: 5/18
CNR: 9/16
from mnfourn
Aug 14, 2016 6:11 pm

8/11/2016. I just wanted to update about BJ...I received an offer of representation this week, so I contacted her to let her know. She said she is in the middle of reading and appreciates the heads up and being given time to finish!
from mnfourn
Jul 07, 2016 4:17 pm

Man, this particular feed is really a downer! Don't have much on BJ herself, but came over here because I queried her in April and she requested the full a few weeks later. Haven't nudged yet as I wait at least 3 months for that.

I just wanted to put in my two cents about attempting to break into this business in the traditional way. I too, have done some legwork such as publishing in literary magazines, earning recognition in contests, etc, not just to stick on the resume but also to get a sense of whether my writing is worthwhile to any professionals out there. I, too, have queried well over 100 agents now with my first novel. I don't worry about query rejections, only responses to partial and full. My premise is a little out there so it's not for everyone, but sometimes responses to ms can be helpful. I have been quite close with a couple of people, agents who expressed interest but wanted certain changes. I'm open to changes but eventually had to part ways with someone because her vision for the book was just too different from mine. And so on and so on. Coming to the end of the list of agents, so for this book it does look a bit hopeless. I truly feel it's a worthwhile book, but even if I'm right that doesn't mean an agent is going to take it on.

I'm also working on a new book, and loving that process. Perhaps I'll have more luck with it. I think the reason I'm rambling on like this is just to say yes, it's up to each individual when they are ready to give up, not writing maybe but in trying to publish the traditional route. It is disheartening. But I feel I have many years left in which to be rejected, and if I want this I might as well keep trying. The only people who succeed are those who keep trying. Some have great "luck" or what have you, and receive multiple offers of representation in their first round of queries. The rest of us have to take heart from all the success stories that took much more time than that.

I think what I'm trying to say is, don't give up! Take a break, but don't give up. Then buckle down.

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