Jeannie Lin (jeannie_lin on QT) has signed with agent Gail Fortune of Talbot Fortune Agency, LLC.
Oh yes, and every form rejection means one thing: your writing is not strong enough. I know that's not necessarily what it means, but rather than trying to figure things out, I just assumed that's what it meant and kept on polishing the submission and the query. My agent told me it was the first five pages that I attached to the query that made her request the full.
I decided to query your agency when I saw that you have an emphasis in representing romance and women’s fiction. BUTTERFLY SWORDS is a 90,000 word historical romance with an alternative history twist which puts medieval swordsmen from Europe into golden age China. The manuscript is a finalist in the 2009 Golden Heart® contest, listed under my pen name of Jeannie Lin.
Arranged marriages are to be expected in the Tang Dynasty, but when Shen Ai Li discovers her intended husband is plotting against the throne, she escapes from her wedding armed only with her butterfly swords. She must return to the capital and warn her father -- the future of the empire depends on it. With a ruthless warlord on her trail, there is no one she can trust until a blue-eyed barbarian rushes into a horde of bandits to rescue her.
Stranded in a hostile land, Ryam receives his first touch of kindness from a woman who seems to be in more danger than he is. Suddenly he’s thrown into a journey alongside the most spirited woman he’s ever known--and he’s known many. As Ryam and Ai Li fight off enemy soldiers and evade capture, an inescapable attraction grows between them. But what can a scoundrel like him have to offer a woman who holds honor and tradition above all else? Especially when Ai Li turns out to be a princess in hiding and he’s been marked for death as an enemy of the empire.