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Why Jessica Faust is Still Open to Submissions

I have been an agent for over 15 years. In fact, closer to 20 years (gah!). I have a roster of successful clients, a growing agency and I have this blog to write. To some that might mean, logically, that I’d close to submissions. Despite a hectic schedule and a full client list I am still open to submissions. I am still actively seeking new clients.

Why? Because part of the joy of this job is the hunt. There’s such pleasure in getting a query that excites you for a book you’ve always wanted to see on your list. I feel the same way when a client calls with a new idea. Sometimes I have to hold myself back from forcing her to write faster.

I have closed to queries in the past, sometimes referral only, sometimes for the summer and sometimes for a longer period of time. I know that right now I am embarrassingly far behind in my reading. For that I apologize. It doesn’t however mean that I’ve lost enthusiasm for your book or that my delay is any indication of how I feel about the book. It just means I’ve been busy with other things.

I am still taking on new clients, just not as many as I was back in 2007 when response times were faster and client lists are smaller. I still have a #MSWL of things I don’t yet have on my list and hope to one day take on. And for all of those reasons I am still open to submissions.

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  1. Curious… I’m assuming that while you are open to submissions you can’t take on as many (to manage your client load) so would you a) reject something that perhaps in the past you might have gone further with (because you can afford to be picky) or b) pass to another of your team?

    And that reminds me of another question I had: in a rejection do you advise a querier (is there a noun for someone who queries?) if the query has done the rounds at the agency, or do you re-query to someone else and hope they haven’t seen it?

    Thanks, Jessica =)

  2. Dear Jessica,
    Must the novel be completed before submitting. Realistically I accept it should, but thought I’d ask!

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