Tuesday, October 25, 2011

And it's official!

I've moved agencies. I'm now a full time agent at Nancy Coffey Literary, and I couldn't be happier. Feel free to check out my bio here.

Even more exciting, I'm reopening to queries on November 1st! (That's a week from today!) The agency's official submission guidelines are here, and I've included my guidelines + updated wishlist here.

And the most exciting news is that I will be celebrating my move to Nancy Coffey and my reopening to queries with a QUERY CONTEST!


Here are the details:



Can you handle the truth?

Many writers want to know what an agent is really thinking when they pass on a query, right? You want the truth...but can you handle the truth? Well next week I will respond to the queries I receive in complete honesty. You may see something as simple as "Not bad, but just not for me." or "I don't represent legal thrillers." OR you may see something like "I stopped reading when you mentioned that the mailman was a vampire space zombie who has come to deliver a message of PAIN. Because come on...seriously?"

So, if you want the truth, query me next Tuesday morning, between 9-10 am EDT (as in the time it is in NY). Read on for the rules.

Rules:
  • The contest will be open for only ONE HOUR.
  • Queries must be submitted to Query(at)nancycoffeyliterary(dot)com between the hours of 9:00am EST and 10:00am EST Tuesday, November 1st, 2011. Any queries submitted before or after those times will not be qualified to enter and considered only as a regular query.
  • All queries entered must have this in the subject line: QUERY CONTEST - Yes, I can handle the truth
  • If it does not have this in the subject line, it will be considered a regular query only.
  • Queries must be in the body of the email. NO attachments!
  • Queries must be one-page length long, size 12 font. That's ONE PAGE ONLY!
  • No manuscript pages attached or included at all.
  • You will receive our usual auto-response. If you do not receive an auto-response, resend!

I will respond to all queries entered in the contest by Monday (11/7/11) at 5pm EST.

Further Guidelines:
  • Yes, if you've already been rejected you may resubmit your query. I will read (if submitted in the correct time frame) and let you know why it's been rejected. Don't say "You already rejected me..." Treat it like you've never queried her before.
  • Your queries will NOT be posted on this or any other blog. I will reply to you via your e-mail, only. 
  • You must treat this as an actual query process, which means you need to have a complete manuscript. If I do request your manuscript, I don't want to find out there isn't one!


101 comments:

Loralie Hall said...

Eep! *bites nails* *marks calendar*

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Congrats Suzie!

And what a great contest...well, not really even a contest since everybody wins...I'll be sure to plug it on my blog this week.

Kay Elam Writes said...

Congratulations on your new position. I look forward to participating in your contest next Tuesday. It's a generous offer for you to make. Thanks.

Cat said...

Oh WOW, what a generous offer. I will definitely enter. Good luck in your new company.

i'm erin. said...

Oh wow! I'm excited to hear this.

Matthew MacNish said...

Congrats, Suzie!

Karla Nellenbach said...

Congrats on the move, Suzie! I'm sure you'll do great things at your new home, and what a wonderful contest. (in which i really wish I had something ready to query, as I'd so love to enter it. aw, well. it happens *shrugs* next time)

also: is it weird that i was totally picturing that scene from a few good men while reading your post? I kept expecting Jack Nicholson to jump out of my computer and start yelling "you can't handle the truth!" at me. oh yes, I can Jack. Oh yes, I can ;)

Marta Szemik said...

Cool contest. Will enter for sure! Thanks Suzie.

Katie Dodge said...

Fabulous! Can't wait. :)

Stephanie Garber said...

Congratulations, Suzie! And I have to say I love this contest idea!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your move. Hope you are happy with the change of agency. And your contest sounds awesome.

Rena said...

Congrats on the move, and thanks for the double edged sword of awesome. I can't wait, but I'm already bracing for the pain.

Carrie Butler said...

How exciting! Congratulations on the move! :)

Kelly Polark said...

Congrats, and thanks for a great contest!

E.Maree said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a great contest, and if I can wrap my head around the timezone differences I might give it a shot. =)

A.J. Mullarky said...

Ooft. In all honesty, I'm happier without the truth! But congrats on the move, I hope you're happy there!

Liana Brooks said...

Congrats on the new office! I can't wait to see what great books you pick up from this contest.

Farrah Penn said...

Congrats again on the move :) Hopefully you'll find some gems with your contest!

Giora said...

Congrats Suzie for your move to the new agency. And really thanks for the opportunity to get your comments on a query. Best wishes.

jesse said...

So, in a sense, it's a contest where everyone wins? This sounds like more fun than a party at L. Ron Hubbards.

Kristy Shen said...
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Kristy Shen said...

This is great, Suzie! I've been stalking the Nancy Coffey Agency blog for the last two months since Joanna first started this. I'm so happy it's happening again! Thanks a million for doing this and congrats on your move!

suzie townsend said...

Thanks for the congrats everyone, and AJ don't worry you can query and not enter the contest :)

Sophia Chang said...

Congratulations!

Whew, 6 a.m. for the west coasters, huh? An all-nighter for me!

Marieke said...

Congratulations!

magolla said...

Congrats on your move! I think I might have something for you . . . You do realize your computer will be slammed during this time, don't you? Hope it can handle the onslaught. . .

Wanton Redhead Writing said...

UGH! I just had my nails done. Why don't they make these things unbreakable anyway?

Congratulations on the move!

Trying to figure out how to set the iphone alarm for a time zone I will most likely not be in.

Lisa Desrochers said...

My uberagent at a new uberagency! Yay! And I'm totally posting this contest on my blog =) You rock!

Robbin said...

Wow! That's some incredible news. Congratulations. Thanks in advance for your generous-to-the-point query contest.

Stephanie said...

VERY exciting!!! Congrats!!! I;ll be sending you my query! :)

Nathanael Green said...

Congrats! And thanks so much for the opportunity. Can't wait for a big helping of truth!

Juliana said...

Congratulations!
And awesome contest.

I have a question ... can I enter two query letters? Separately, of course. (Both manuscripts are finished, btw).

Thanks!

andimjulie said...

Best contest EVER!

Ms. Snip said...

Question: I queried you and got a request for a full that was ultimately rejected (in a very polite email, which is much appreciated). I have reworked the query since then, can I still enter the contest?

emberchyld said...

Congratulations, Suzie! What a kind offer (this isn't a contest, it's an amazing gift!) Are you ready for the flood of queries?

E.Maree said...

@ Ms.Snip - Looking at the guidelines, you should be fine:
"if you've already been rejected you may resubmit your query. I will read (if submitted in the correct time frame) and let you know why it's been rejected. Don't say "You already rejected me..." Treat it like you've never queried her before."

Shari said...

I love contests like this! Thanks, Suzie!

But I have the same question as Juliana: Can I submit two different query letters for two different manuscripts?

le petit auteur said...

Oooo, totally doing this. Very risky without attaching any pages but I'll cross my fingers and hope that my query is strong enough. I would LOVE to have you as an agent - congrats on the move!! Hope it's as wonderful as you hoped.

Emma said...

Just to clarify, do you mean EST or EDT (in effect until 6th November)?

suzie townsend said...

Good call Emma, you were totally right.

suzie townsend said...

@Juliana and others--Just submit one query for one project. I'm not going to request more than manuscript per writer.

suzie townsend said...

@Ms. Snip--Yes!

Juliana said...

Thanks for answering.

Can I ask another question?
If I send you a query for the contest and you reject it (and tell me why) and I rework it, can I send it again to you, outside the contest and reworked, as a regular query?

Thanks!

suzie townsend said...

Yes! You can always query me again.

le petit auteur said...

Good to know lol ;0)

Martha Ramirez said...

Awesome! Thank you!! Guess us west coasters hav eto get up early :)

Martha Ramirez said...

Forgot to say: Congrats!

Martha Ramirez said...

I'm so looking forward to this! Thank you again, Suzie, for taking the time out for us!

L said...

Congrats!

CobraMisfit said...

Congrats on the move and thanks for hosting a very exciting contest. I wonder how many queries an hour will produce. . .

katherineamabel said...

Yes EDT or EST? I'm trying to work out whether to stay up until midnight or 1am Australiam time and I'm etting conflicting web advice. Is it 9 - 10 EDT (New York time???) or EST?

L said...

Since your comment is dated 8:03 am i think the contest starts in another 40 minutes

Feywriter said...

Just entered. Thanks for providing this opportunity. :)

Juliana said...

I entered, but didn't get the confirmation email.
So, I waited about ten minutes and sent it again ... and still didn't get any confirmation email.
Perhaps I'm not supposed to enter this contest? lol
I'll wait until the hour is almost up ... let's see if I get a late confirmation email.

Martha Ramirez said...

Suzie, I've sent my query twice and didn't get a auto-response.
I have a funny feeling it went to spam.

Actually, I just spoke to a cp and she said she hadn't received one either.
Maybe we overloaded your box? LOL :)

Andy dufrank said...

Entered! Can't wait to get a rundown of all the ways I'm full of fail :)

Congrats on the move, btw.

Tricia said...

I've sent twice with no auto response. Shucks.

J.A. Beard said...

Yeah, I just sent one. No auto response.

Bluestocking said...

Ditto... No auto response.

Violet Ingram said...

I've also sent twice and not recieved an auto response. Darn it.

Giora said...

I also sent a query with no auto response. Giora

Colin Smith said...

No auto-response here either. Are we doing something incorrectly?

Abigail said...

I sent twice now within 15 minutes and no auto response either time.

-Abigail J.

Vesuvius At Home said...

Same deal here. Send twice. No auto response. Maybe we crashed the world's email?

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh good, I'm not the only one having an auto response problem. Really don't want to keep resending...

Colin Smith said...

Just re-sent... still waiting on the auto-response.

Amanda said...

I also got no auto-response.

Theresa said...

I didn't get an auto-response either, but I didn't want to resend in case the system is on overload.

Janet Reid said...

Two words Miss: Time Goblins.

Quinn said...

I sent, but no auto response either.

Autumn2May said...

I too sent something and didn't get a response. I'm thinking, perhaps, that you are getting too many emails for your servers to handle. :)

J.A. Beard said...

Time Goblins would be an awesome name for an MG book.

rddenton said...

Sent as well without an auto-response. :) Just might be a little bug -- it's probably just as important that I didn't get a bounceback error. We'll see what happens! Thanks for the opportunity to get the truth.

Autumn2May said...

Okay, mine may have gotten lost as it ended up in my trash folder somehow?? So I resent. Sorry if you get two copies. And thanks for the opportunity to get some feedback. :)

Nicole said...

Just submitted - thanks so much for hosting the contest!

Abigail Johnson said...

Debating whether or not to resend a third time in these last few minutes...has anyone gotten an auto response?

carrieannebrownian said...

I haven't gotten an auto response yet either.

Sra said...

Same. No autoresponse. I sent it a couple times. Sorry if you get them all.

Kelly said...

I also haven't gotten an auto response. Apologies if it shows up three times!

Ara Grigorian said...

Me neither. No auto response. Will resend--just in case I did something wrong. Thanks for doing this.

GSMarlene said...

I didn't receive an auto-response either - sent twice just in case. I'm sure the server has been pounded! So I'm just crossing my fingers cuz it's too early in the morning to think any more clearly!

Giora said...

Obviously, nobody is getting an auto response. Suzie was very generous with her Query Contest and her company will fix the prolem. Thanks again.

Colin Smith said...

I just re-re-sent, and still no auto-response.

Jenny Kaczorowski said...

I sent twice due to no auto response. So sorry if you get both and THANK YOU for offering this contest! Congrats on the move and best wishes for your future there!

Bobby Mathews said...

hey, did anyone else notice there wasn't an auto-reply?

(kidding, kidding.)

suzie townsend said...

Joanna and I are looking into the auto-responses...

Kozmc1 said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't get an auto response. *fingers crossed* hoping my submission was received.

le petit auteur said...

Fingers crossed mine gets through - hotmail had a delay when mine went through so unsure whether I got it in on time. :0( I hope so!!! Ah well. What will be, yada yada yada.

J.S. Schley said...

Didn't get one either and neither did a friend of mine...so I came straight here rather than spamming the NCL inbox.

Hooray for the blogosphere!

(And thank you again for the opportunity, Suzie!)

le petit auteur said...

Everyone seen Twitter? Apparently their servers went down and they might not have received ANY. Bad timing, huh?

Diana Gettinger said...

Whew! So, I'm not the only one. I sent it three times thinking I was screwing something up! Hopefully, my query made it through.

Thanks so much for offering this opportunity!

Colin Smith said...

I don't have access to Twitter--hopefully there will be updates here.

Andy dufrank said...

I'm sure that resending a thousand times isn't the best way to address this issue lol

erica and christy said...

Congrats on your news! Thanks so much for offering to share your thoughts on our queries. I'm glad I checked in here to find out the auto response malfunctioned. I sent mine at 9:11. I hope they eventually went through! Christy

J.A. Beard said...

On Twitter, Suzie said that 626 queries had finally come through (and that she may just do another contest).

Though given that a lot of people sent 2 (or more times), if they filter through probably closer to 200. :)

Hillsy said...

Phew....The fun police at work block twitter and this blog (?) so I thought it was just my e-mail system having a chomp again.

THanks for running this again Suzie!

Colin Smith said...

Is she running it again? I don't have access to Twitter at the moment.

Jamie said...

Her twitter said that she thinks she got them and will try to send out auto responses by tomorrow, but I think the auto response still isn't working yet. Good luck everyone! Hope she got them all :) Thanks for running this critique!!! and Congrats Suzie! :)

Delia Moran said...

Oh, I hope she does another. I had no internet due to this obnoxious snow storm (October? Really?) and drove my kids around for over an hour looking for (and not finding) free wifi. It came back seven hours too late. T'would be nice to have another shot. :) However, since that's a whole ton of work for Suzie, I'm not counting on it. To all who did manage to get through, good luck!

Nancy Thompson said...

Congrats on your move & good luck with the new agency!

I was so excited for this contest, and made sure I was up at 6AM pacific time to send off my entry. At 6:04 it was sent, but I never received an auto-confirmation email. So I thought this meant you didn't get my query contest entry. Now, reading your comments, I may be wrong. I sure hope so!!

E.Maree said...

Good luck everyone!
I haven't received an auto-response yet, fingers crossed it'll come through today.

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1. I drink so much orange soda, it's probably running through my veins. I've been known to go through a twelve pack of diet sunkist in a day.

2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

3. I have a gorgeous unused $6000 Reem Acra wedding dress hanging in my closet, and it showed up on my doorstep the same day my (now ex) fiance broke up with me. And thank God for that. I wouldn't have wanted to waste that dress on him.

4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?