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Ms. BJ Robbins

BJ Robbins Literary Agency

5130 Bellaire Avenue

North Hollywood, CA 91607

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from YSandomir
Feb 09, 2017 6:24 pm

EQ: 2/9/17
Auto response:
Thank you for contacting us.

We have received your query and will consider it carefully, but please
know that we will only respond to those projects we wish to pursue.
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.
from KristenH
Jun 22, 2016 4:04 pm

On 1/25/16, I've requeried BJ Robbins with Chain Reaction. After a nudge I sent her two weeks ago, it's CNR. I'll try her in the spring with Venom.

6/20/16: 4/27/16 , EQ (Requery Venom)
6/20/16 CNR (no response to nudge)
from amh1967
Nov 04, 2015 12:14 pm

Automated Message Response:

Thank you for contacting us.

We have received your query and will consider it carefully, but please
know that we will only respond to those projects we wish to pursue.

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?

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