Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, April 13, 2009

Be An Agent for a Day: Query #17

This query is part of the Be an Agent for a Day contest. Rules and Regulations here

Please post your rejection or manuscript request in the comment section!



Dear Agent for a Day:

A dead fortune teller. A skeptical private eye. An ancient Japanese curse. The fear is real, but the terror is all in your mind...

INUGAMI is a psychological murder mystery that reads like a supernatural thriller. Set in contemporary San Francisco, a Japanese psychic foresees her own brutal death and asks P.I. Greg Padgett for help. But after she tells him the killer is an “inugami” -- a person who is possessed by an evil animal spirit -- Padgett turns down the case, thinking the old woman is crazy.

That same night, the fortune teller is found mauled to death by a savage beast of unknown origin. Then Padgett receives a cryptic email she sent moments before she was attacked, warning that he will be the inugami’s next victim! So now the P.I. must find a creature he doesn’t believe exists, and stop it before it can fulfill her prophecy.

As Padgett delves deeper into the Japantown subculture, the former undercover narc begins to suspect her drug-addicted son is the real killer. But the P.I. may have addiction problems himself that cloud his judgment, and could be responsible for his mounting paranoia. When the son turns the tables by placing the inugami curse on Padgett, the ultimate question is whether the nonbeliever can resist the power of suggestion.

About myself: I'm a former journalist and columnist for a daily newspaper. My feature screenplays have won or placed in many contests, including the Nicholl Fellowships, which is sponsored by the Academy Foundation (the Oscar folks). Two of my scripts have been optioned by established Hollywood writers/producers, but have not yet been produced.

If you would like to read INUGAMI or sample chapters, I'd be happy to email you a pdf file or snail mail you a hard copy. Thanks for your time and consideration!

Best regards,
Author

STATS: 43% request rate






344 comments:

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Agent X said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your recent query. Please send the first 50 pages of INUGAMI as a Word document attached to this e-mail. I look forward to reading it.

Sincerely,

Agent X

JuJu said...

Dear Author,

Though your work is promising, the writing just isn't appealing to me, I'm afraid I will have to pass.

Best wishes,

JuJu

(It's good, but where's the word count?)

Bane of Anubis said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for submitting. Could you please send the first 30 pages as a Word doc. Thanks,

Bane

(reasoning: this got me from the beginning; I don't know whether it's generic or not, but the voice and writing are strong and the plot intrigues me)

ai-hua said...

Looks really interesting but not my cup of tea even though I do like the whole Japanese culture thing. Pass to another agent, or form rejection.

David said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your submission. Can you please send me the first 50 pages as a Word document? I'll get back to you within four weeks.

Sincerely,
David

Derek said...

This sounds great. May I see a sample of the writing?

Sophie W. said...

Dear Author of INUGAMI,

I have a query for you: Can you send the full manuscript to sophie@imtotesanagent.com as a word doc attachment? Could you also include the original query in the body of the email and: REQUESTED MATERIAL in your email title? Thanks so very much.

Love,

Sophie

Megan said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, your book isn't right for me, even though your query was well-written. Agenting is subjective, though, and I wish you the best of luck!

Sincerely,
Megan

Keri Ford said...

Sounds very interesting! I'd love to read the full and synopsis.

thanks, keri

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My only comment is that at the end you mention sending it as a pdf. I've never had that requested before and I'm not completely sure on pdf, but comments can't be made on that file, can it? With WORD, the agent has track changes to use should they choose to offer feedback, or if they sign you, then can also offer feedback. Anyway, somethign to think about.

Thomas said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your submission. Please send the first thirty pages of your book as a word doc. Be sure to include your name and the title of the book in the email subject line.


Sincerely,
Tally

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

Please send your full manuscript via email, in a word document.


**I loved the voice, the premise and the potential here.

Agent XXX

(2 down, 3 to request)

kdrausin said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for requesting my representation. I am intrigued by your query. Please send me the first five chapters of your novel.

Thank you,

Kdrausin

scj said...

Sorry, but this isn't right for me. The story sounds interesting, but the writing sounds overly casual and I worry that the manuscript will be the same. Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,
though your project marks merit, but I am afraid that I will have to pass it on. I wish you luck for finding a suitable agent for your work.
Best wishes,
Agent

jimnduncan said...

Please send the first 30 pages of your manuscript as an attached word document. Include the original query in the email and put "requested material" in the subject header. I look forward to reading more of your story.

(Reason: Intriguing enough premise to get me to read, though I'm not real sure about the story as a whole)

Megan said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, I will have to pass at this time.

Best,

Meg Spencer

Dorine White said...

Dear Author,

Please send the first 5 chapters as a Word doc.

Best Regards,
Agent for a day

Onovello said...

Dear Author:

Many thanks for your query. While I'm not sufficiently enthusiastic about the project to request it, I know another agent will be, and encourage you to keep looking.

With all best wishes for your success in finding representation for your work,

Onovello

DeadlyAccurate said...

I'm intrigued. Please send the first three chapters to (email address).

Sincerely,

DA


(As a writer, though, my critique is to tighten this. Dump that exclamation mark, too).

Jeni said...

Dear Inugami,
Thank you for your query regarding INUGAMI. I’d be delighted to read more. Please e-mail the first three chapters of your book and a synopsis to me as Word attachments. I will do my best to respond to your work within one month.
I look forward to reading your work!
Sincerely,
Jeni

Karen said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. I'm afraid I am going to have to pass at this time.

While your premise sounds interesting, I am confused by some of the plot elements and believe it would be better represented by another agent.

Best of luck to you.
Karen

brian_ohio said...

Thank you for your query. I'm afraid this isn't right for me.

Best,

Brian

lesleylsmith said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your query letter.
Your premise is interesting.
Please email me the first 3 chapters of your novel.
Thanks,
-Lesley

quixotic said...

Thank you for your submission. This query caught my eye. Please send me a 2 page synopsis of INUGAMI, as well as the first three chapters of your manuscript (attached as a word document).

Sincerely,
Quixotic

P.S. Please include current word count for this manuscript.

Libby Martin said...

Dear Author,
Although INUGAMI's plot originally intrigued me, I am afraid that I won't be able to represent this project. To me,your query reads more like a synopsis (yes, there is a difference) and unfortunately I'm not loving the voice. Voice is a crucial selling point for me. If I'm not passionate about the voice (and therefore the project) I won't be able to sell the project. This project is just not the right fit for me. I would be happy to look at any future projects, however. Please think of me when querying your next project, if INUGAMI doesn't find a home.

Good luck in the future!

Love,
Libby.

bridge said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your query. I appreciate the opportunity to review your work. At this time I have to pass.

Good luck,
Bridge

On a personal note, The query was interesting albeit a bit long for me. I would rather have a bit more showing and less telling. It felt a bit like a list of bang, this happened, then another, hey look it's going to have some action. But still had that 'telling' vibe so I would pass. However the premise was interesting and I probably would have requested sample pages with a different query.

Rick Daley said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your interest in The Authors Write Literary Agency. I have reviewed your query for INUGAMI, and I’m sorry to say that I do not feel that I am the best agent to represent your work at this time.

Please keep in mind that there are many talented agents out there, and opinions are subjective based on individual preferences, workload, and market climate.

Don’t be afraid to research other agents and query those that you feel are best suited to represent your work. Best of luck!

Regards,

Daley Agent for a Day

TheDivaAgent said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for query. Please submit a synopsis and three sample chapters.

Sincerely,

The Diva Agent

DCS said...

Thank you for the query, but the work is just not right for me.

terri said...

Thank you for your query. Okay, you got my attention, I'd like to read more.

Please send the first thirty pages to me [follow with specific instructions on submitting partials].

Looking forward to it! Agent

PurpleClover said...

Dear Author:

Please send me your full manuscript.

Regards,
PC


(crap now I only have two left and we aren't even half way done...i'm apparently not good at this)

jjdebenedictis said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your recent query; discovering new talent is one of the joys of being a literary agent, and I am always honoured to have the opportunity to read a writer's best work.

Please accept my regrets, however, as I won't be offering to represent this novel. I apologize for informing you of this using a form letter, but the volume of mail I receive makes it impractical for me to give personalized rejections.

I wish you the very best luck in finding a literary agent whose enthusiasm will bring your book the success it deserves!

Sincerely,
J. J. DeGoblin

~~~~~~~
For your reference, here are the most common reasons why I decline certain queries. Please note that if your submission was very good, my reasons for rejecting it were probably much subtler than the items on this list and cannot be put quickly into words. Again, I apologize for this form letter, but I cannot invest the time to critique those submissions I have chosen to not represent. Thank you for your understanding.


Most common reasons why I decline manuscripts:

[ ]--The manuscript is in a genre which I don't represent

[ ]--The query appears to be a non-personalized mass mailing

[ ]--The query/manuscript's presentation was worryingly unpolished
(E.g. Many spelling, grammar, punctuation or homophone errors; a non-standard format)

[ ]--The writing doesn't seem polished enough
(This improves with practice; your next novel may be excellent)

[ ]--The plot doesn't sound compelling enough
(Again, this improves with practice and self-education)

[ ]--The plot sounds too similar to something book-buyers have already seen


Comments, if any:
This sounds like it could be a great read, but your query doesn't convey the book's plot well, although I do find the subtleties you mention very intriguing.

Josephine Damian said...

Listing elemenmts is not query writing. How does this demonstrate voice?

"reads like" smacks of hubris, also trying to convince me it's the type of genre it probably isn't.

Reject.

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

I am not generally one who can suspend disbelief regarding evil animal spirits, but I am intrigued by the tone of your work.

Let's see if you can convince me. Please send me the first three chapters plus a full synopsis.

Sincerely,
Secret Agent Woman

morphine-moniza said...

this sounds really grate but I realised I can only ask for five manuscripts! so purely based on the fact that I'm just not that into japanese mythology:

Dear author,
Your manuscript sounds lovely but it's just not right for me. Thanks for querying me.
Sicerely,
moniza

Jane Doherty said...

Please send me the first 50 pages as an attached Word or PDF document.

David de Beer said...

Dear Author,

interesting premise and you can write but unfortunately this doesn't draw me in strongly enough.
Best of luck and please do consider us again,

Sincerely,
David de Beer

suki said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. At this time I would be interested in reading more. Please send me the first three chapters and a synopsis as word attachments at your earliest convenience. Please also indicate the wordcount on the manuscript.

Regards,
Suki


Reasoning: While I am skeptical of the wordcount, the premise and writing are interesting.

KC in SF said...

Thank you for sending me this query. I would love to read more. Please send me the completed manuscript.

best wishes,

KC in SF

ccallicotte4 said...

I'm intrigued. Please send the first 50 pages as a word document attached to an email. Be sure to include the words "requested materials" in the subject line. I look forward to reading your work.

romoak said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Please send a synopsis and the first 50 pages.

-- There are issues in the query, but the writing is good and the premise interesting. I'd read more to see if it works in a MS

Lisa R said...

Dear Inugami:

Please forward your complete manuscript to my attention as an MS Word attachment. Thanks.

Lisa R

This query was extremely well written even though I honestly am not that interested in the plot but I'd be interested enough to give it a read.

Also I find myself turning down queries that I would probably consider just because I know I can only request 5 manuscripts.

Christine Rose said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, but this isn't right for me at this time.

Best of luck,
Agent for a Day

Jenn Johansson said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, I'm afraid this isn't right for me. I would recommend adding a word count.

Best of luck!
JR

Kitti said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. I regret to inform you that I am going to have to pass on this, but please keep me in mind for your future projects.

Best of luck,
Kitti

Laurie said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Your premise sounds intriguing, and I'd be delighted to take a closer look. Please send me a synopsis and the first 30 pages of your manuscript.

All the best,
Laurie

Bija Andrew Wright said...

It's an interesting premise, but something isn't quite working for me. You definitely have control over your writing, and with some practice you'll be writing books with engaging commercial appeal, but I don't think this is the right one. Keep me in mind for future projects.

selestial-owg said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. Though the plot-line is intriguing, I just don't feel passionate enough about it to pursue it further. I wish you the best.

Selestial



The initial paragraph ended oddly. The blurb intrigued me (as I said), and I liked the fact that the author was pulling Japanese culture into the story. I did feel the writing could be stronger, as well as the voice.

Lucy A muse ision said...

Hi Writer,
Your novel sounds great, well thought out, and quite professional.
Unfortunately, at this point, I have more novels in front of me than I can offer representation for.
I wish I could clone myself.
Best of Luck,

Lucy A Muse ision
Fictitious Agent

reader said...

Please send the first fifty pages as an attachment in an email, with REQUESTED MATERIAL in the subject line.

The "Japanese" part adds a new twist and I found the whole query to be concise and well-thought out.

Also, I have made it to the Quarterfinals of the Nicholls with my own script (true) and it is NO EASY FEAT. That alone tells me you can write.

Look forward to hearing from you.

*(if this is an actual query good luck! :))

Harsh Critic said...

Sounds fascinating, and you have good credentials.

Please send me the manuscript.

(I think the query letter would be better without the exclamation point though.)

Caroline said...

Dear Author:

Your writing sounds interesting, but I don't believe I could sell this novel. Please consider other agents.

Best of luck,

Agent Caroline

Necessary Writer said...

Please send first 50 pages. Thank you.

Dara said...

Dear Inugami,

Thank you for your query. While I think the premise and voice are interesting, I do not think I would be the best to represent this work. I you success in your search for representation.

Best,

Dara

Specifics: I was truly intrigued but something about it made me hesitate. Perhaps it was the lack of word count and the fact I got a little confused reading it at first (but that's due to my own ineptitude).

beth said...

Dear Author,

Although I appreciate your submission, I'm sorry but it just isn't for me. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

Sincerely,
beth

(Reasoning: The exclamation mark around paragraph 2--he will be the next victim! sounded very childish to me. Also, not a genre I like/care about.)

Scott said...

I think your idea has lots of promise, but I'm sort of lost the tension in the story towards the end when the son character was introduced, so I'm going to have to pass at this time. However, I urge you to keep writing and perhaps another agent who specializes in mysteries of this type will be willing to develop this project.

Cheers,

Scott

Ulysses said...

Thanks for submitting your query. Unfortunately, I don't feel I am the agent to represent this work.

Laura said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, but the subject is not a good fit for me.

Best of luck,

Agent Laura

(I would have been more inclined to request if this were indeed supernatural, the idea it "might" be or "reads like" one isn't strong enough to interest me, but I can see it making a great suspense novel, which just isn't my personal cup of tea)

sirayn said...

Dear X,

Thank you for your query. I’m afraid I have to pass, but I wish you luck in finding an agent who’s passionate about your work.

Today’s Agent

(Reasoning: query was well-written, but not spectacular enough that I'd request it, I think. Just not hooked enough. Totally subjective.)

K. Andrew Smith said...

Dear author,

Thank you for your submission, Inugami. Unfortunately, it's not quite right for me. I wish you good fortune in your quest for an agent.

Sincerely,

K. Andrew Smith

:)Ash said...

Dear Author:

Please send the first three chapters of your novel as a Word doc to ash@agency.net.

Sincerely yours,

:)Ash

Chrissy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but it isn't what Im looking for at this time. Good luck with your publishing endeavors.

Kiki

Melissa said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for sending me your query. Your book sounds promising, but I don't think I'm the right agent for the book. Best of luck.

Melissa

Thoughts: This has some nice twists on a common plot, but the writing in the query seems to labored.

John said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for giving me the chance to consider your work. Unfortunately, it's not something I think I can sell at present. I wish you the best of luck in your writing career.

AgentMan said...

Thanks for bringing INUGAMI to my attention. I would love to see more. Please send the entire manuscript as an attached word file. I look forward to reading your book.

AgentMan

Casey said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your time and consideration. Unfortunately, I’m afraid I’m not the right agent to represent INUGAMI.

You have what sounds like an original premise here but it's not within my own realm of interest.

Also, I was momentarily thrown when the focus shifted from the psychic to the P.I. You might consider opening with the P.I. in order to make your main character more clear.

Best wishes,

Casey

Eva Ulian said...

Thank you for your submission, although this has potential drama,the idea itself does not appeal to me. This is only my personal view, good luck elsewhere.

The Classic Carol said...

Thank you for your query. I am interested in reviewing your work. Please forward your manuscript along with a detailed resume.

sraasch said...

Dear Author,

Just not my genre. Sorry!

Thanks!
Sara

Amy said...

Dear Author,

I would be a pleasure to look at pages for INUGAMI. Please email me a full copy of this manuscript.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

amyandncik

Cat said...

Dear Author,

thank you for submitting but it's not right for me.

Sincerely,
Cat

form rejection because the fourth paragraph left me confused. Is the PI a drug addict? Is the PI female or male (referenced as his [addiction problems himself that cloud his judgment] and her [her drug-addicted son] in the same paragraph). If it were more clear I'd read the manuscript because this is something that hasn't been done to death and I think the Japanese culture is an interesting setting.

Chanelley said...

Thank you for submitting your query. Unfortunately, it is not what I’m looking for at this time. However, do continue to query widely. After all, it does only take one agent to say yes!
All the best,
Agent for the day

hannah said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for the opportunity to consider your work, but it's not right for me at this time.

Best,
hannah

Brian Crawford said...

Thank you for sending me your work. Unfortunately, I must reject it. Don’t feel bad; I receive about 2,000 queries per week, and reject 99.99% of them. Assume I’m wrong about you. Don’t give up. In the meantime, increase your chances of success by downloading my e-book, “Kick-ass Queries,” available on my website for only $199.99.

Moth said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for submitting your query to Moth's Literary Agency. While your story sounds interesting, I'm afraid it's just not right for us. Best of luck in your writing career.

Sincerely,
Moth

Rick said...

Author-

Sorry, but I don't represent paranormal works.

If you have not already, you may want to check out AgentQuery. It can help you find an Agent who best suits your needs.

http://www.agentquery.com/

Sincerely,
Rick O

Craven said...

Thank you for consideration, but this isn't right for me at this time.

Best of luck, Craven

Madison said...

Dear Author,

Thank you so much for submitting your work and considering me to represent it. While the story sounds quite interesting, I am afraid it does not fit my list at this point in time and I must regretfully pass. I know rejections can be hard to take, but please keep submitting and following your dream.

Best of luck in your agent hunt!

Sincerely,

Madison

Reason for rejection: I am a fan of the NARUTO manga so I was intrigued by this story at first, but the query seemed to trickle down and lost my interest. A shame. :(

Amy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately, I am not the right agent for this project. Good luck with your future queries.

Sincerely,
Amy

Superfast said...

Thank you so much for your submission. Unfortunately, I don't feel I'm the right agent to represent your work.

Good luck and keep writing!

The Writers Canvas said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for your query on INUGAMI. This project sounds intriguing and we would like to see the first 50 pages.

Thank you for thinking of our agency, and we look forward to your submission.

Elaine

Cindy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. The idea has potential but I am afraid the project is not for me at this time. Best wishes finding an agent.

Cindy

RK said...

Dear Author,

Intrigued!

Please send your manuscript.

Agent-for-the-day

dhole said...

Dear Author, thanks for your query. Unfortunately, it's not right for my list, best of luck, etc.

Kristi said...

Thank you for your query. I feel this isn't quite right for me but I wish you the best of luck.

Sincerely,
Kristi

Barb said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. Please send me your full manuscript for further consideration.

Kind regards,
Barb

Vicky said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for querying our agency. Please send the first three chapters and a two-page synopsis of INUGAMI as an attachment.

All best.

Tryst888 said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for submitting your query but I'm afraid I will have to pass on this one. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

Nik said...

Your query sounds interesting. Please send me the first 50 pages via email.

Comments: I am left wondering how long the book is.

Dawn G. said...

Dear Author,

Unfortunately, I am unable to offer you representation at this time. Thank you for submitting your work for consideration. Please keep me in mind for future projects.

Kindest Regards,

D. Agent

Miss Lily said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Please send the first 50 pages (or to the nearest chapter thereabouts) in a word doc. Please include your original query letter as well, along with a finished word count. Thanks! Look forward to hearing from you.

Lily

Reason: I'm partial to Japanese anything, but a little scared at the lack of word count. However, the writing is strong enough that I'd take the chance.

Monika said...

Sounds interesting! Please send the first 50 pages to requested_partial@fakeaddress.com.

Feel free to request a status from the same email address if you do not hear back within two weeks.

super agent nicole said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your time in submitting your query. Unfortunately, I do not feel this project is for me. Although the premise and plot sound very interesting, your writing was not my personal taste. Please do not be discouraged and keep querying, as writing styles are especially subjective.

Thank you,
Nicole

Heather said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, but it's not for me.

Good luck!
Heather

Chuck H. said...

Dear Author,

I am interested but with reservations. What credentials do you have in respect to the Japanese culture? Please include your reply with the first three chapters of INUGAMI.

Sincerely,

Chuck

Cassandra said...

Dear Author,

I'm afraid that at this time I am unable to offer representation for your novel. This is purely a business decision, and unfortunately means that I must turn away many talented individuals. I encourage you to continue querying agents you think might be interested.

I appreciate your interest in Agent for A Day, and wish you every success in your writing career.



Regards,
Cassandra

Cary Louisa said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately I don't feel the project is right for me.

Thanks,
Cary

SammyStewart said...

Form Rejection

sally apokedak said...

yes, thank you. Please send me a copy of your manuscript.

Gwen said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for taking the time to query me. I find your idea intriguing, and would be very willing to read more.
Please re-send your query in the body of an email, and attach the first three chapters of your manuscript.

Regards,

Gwen

Don said...

[form rejection]

Lynne Connolly said...

Send along the full, plus synop.

spinney said...

Interesting! Please send the first 50pp via an email attention.

Sincerely,

AgentGirl

Megan said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for taking the time to submit.

I regret to inform you that at this time I would like to pass on your book.

The plot didn't appeal to me, and you seem confused by the genre: which is it?

Best of luck in the future,

Regards,
Agent for a Day, Bookworm Megs

Agent KES said...

Dear Author,

Please send the first 50 pages of your manuscript. I look forward to reading more.

Sincerely,
Agent KES

Barbara Webb said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for sharing INUGAMI, but I'm afraid I'm going to pass. Your premise is interesting, but the writing in the query letter doesn't stand out to me.

Best of luck!

Barbara

Kavanaugh and Byrne's LA said...

Dear Author

Thank you opportunity to consider your work at Kavanaugh and Byrne’s Literary Agency.

We do not feel that are the best match with this project.
We wish you every success with this and other ventures

Flower Kavanaugh

Kelly Guentner said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for the query. While your voice is strong and your query well-crafted, I regret to inform you that I am not the right agent to represent this work.

I wish you luck in your future writing career.

Sincerely,
Kelly Guentner

Jen C said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for submitting your query to the Most Awesome Literary Agency Ever. I regret that, at this time, your project is not quite what I’m looking for. I wish you the best of luck in your continuing search for representation.
Sincerely,
Jen C.

StrugglingToMakeIt said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for querying me. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm the right agent to represent your work.

Best,

Agent

Horserider said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Please send the first 30 pages in an e-mail attachment ASAP.

Sincerely.

Horserider Literary Agency

ikmar said...

Dear Author

Thank you for your query. Sorry, but it is not for me.

Sincerely,
Agent for the Day

Ello said...

Dear Author,

I would love to read the full and please do not accept representation from anyone until you hear back from me. I'm a fast reader!

Disgruntled Bear said...

Thank you for querying me. Unfortunately I am going to have to pass at this time.
I wish you the best of luck with another agent.

Sincerely,
Agent

Sasha said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Please send a synopsis and the first fifty pages of Inugami via email. I look forward to reading it.

Yours truly,
AftD

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

I would love to see more of this! Please send the first three chapters or approximately 50 pages, whichever is longest.

Best regards,
Agent Pro Tempore

Tara Ryan said...

Dear Author,
Please send me the first 50 pages of the manuscript.
Agent-for-a-day

Gregory said...

Dear Author;

Please send a 30-page partial and a detailed synopsis. Thank you.

Cordially,

Agent Gregory

[Query is a bit wordy, and not as specific as I'd like. But it gets the job done. I'd like to see a partial!]

Endless Secrets said...

Dear Author,

Although I had great difficulty letting your query go, I fear that I only did because it does not suit my tastes and I feel that there is a better agent out there for you. I would advise you to do a re-write of your query though, I think it could be much better.

Best of luck.
-Lea

Other Lisa said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. I was intrigued by some of the elements here but ultimately think INUGAMI is not a good fit for me. This is a highly subjective business, however, and other agencies may feel differently.

Best of luck in your search for representation!

Sincerely,

Agent X

Jeanne Tomlin said...

Form rejection

Jeanne Tomlin said...

Form rejection

Melinda said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, but unfortunately this project isn't right for me. Best of luck in your search for representation.

Sincerely,

Melinda

Meg Trotter said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. This story caught my interest and I would be pleased to read more. Please send the first three chapters.

Megan

Katy said...

Thank you for your submission. You have an intriguing and relatively creative premise. However, I don't think I am the right agent to represent your project.
Best of luck,
Katy

CJK said...

Please send the first three chapters to me for consideration. Best wishes, CJK

Leslie said...

Dear Author,

“Inugami” sounds fascinating but not a book
I would be able to represent at this time. Please keep me in mind for future work. I look forward to hearing from you again.

Best wishes, Leslie

Eden said...

Thanks for the opportunity but I'm afraid I'll have to pass on representing this piece.

Best of luck with your writing.

~Eden

KathyF said...

Dear Author of Query #17,

Thank you for your query. The premise in intriguing, but you lost me when the main character might have addictions problems himself.

I encourage you to continue submitting INUGAMI to other agents.

KathyF

Soratian said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query regarding INUGAMI. Please send me the first 50 pages of your manuscript accompanied with a detailed synopsis. These should be in standard manuscript formatting and marked as "Requested Materials".

Thanks,
Soratian

(Hooked by the is-it-real-or-isn't-it-real premise. Personally hope it's not real, just because it's harder to pull off. Whether I'll take it in the end is how well it's executed which is why a synopsis is important)

bookshop said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your recent submission. While our agency is not the best fit for this particular project, other agents may feel differently. I wish you luck in your search for representation.


Regards,

Bookshop

Cat Hellisen said...

Dear Author,

I enjoyed the premise but just didn't feel that I could represent this, I'm certain someone else will pick it up.

Best of luck.

Sincerely,
Cat

Patti K. said...

Thank you for your submission. I have a good feeling about this manuscript but it is not something that I represent at this time. Good luck in your quest for the perfect agent!

Renee Collins said...

Dear Inugami,

Thank you for your query. While I found the concept interesting, I am afraid it isn't quite right for me.

Best of luck,

Renee

Pap said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your interest in my agency. However, I will not be requesting any further materials from you at this time. Please note that submissions are a very subjective business and my comments are not a critique on your writing ability. I strongly encourage you to continue your search for an agent and wish you all the best.

Your sincerely,

Make-believe Ageny

Adam Heine said...

The fourth paragraph started to throw me, but you had me up until then. Please send me the full manuscript.

Mystery Robin said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but I am not the right agent for this book. Best of luck!

Robin

PS This could well be one of the published books - it sounds well structured and well written, but way too creepy for me to even ask to see a pretend partial. ;)

MK said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query letter. Your manuscript sounds intriguing, and I'd love to take a look at it.

Please send the first 50 pages as a Word document.

I look forward to reading it.

Best,
Agent for a Day

PPP said...

Dear Author,

The Japanese mythology is an interesting twist so I'd like to see the first fifty pages of your manuscript.

Could be I'd find the same story on an X-Files DVD. But I hope this turns out to be original. I feel like the query is well written, so the ms may be too.

Thanks.

Signed,
PPP

Sage said...

Dear Inugami,

I am fascinated. Please send me the full novel via e-mail (Word document, please).

Thanks,
Sage

Nay said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query.
I found aspects of your story very intriguing, however I am not convinced that it is the right project for me.
I’m sure your project will find a home somewhere.
Best of luck to you

-Nay

Julie Weathers said...

Dear Author,

I'd be very interested in taking a look at INUGAMI.

Please read my submission guidelines and send a partial.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

J.M. Agent

Sol said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. You have presented an intriguing plot line, unfortunately I am unable to request a partial at this time.

Your credentials as a writer are to be applauded. I wish you the best in your search for representation.

Kind regards,

Sol Nima

theflightytemptress said...

Dear Inugami,

Please send the first three chapters attached as a word document.

I look forward to reading it! How did you know I was a Japan-phile? :)

Yours,

Kat Brauer

Nixy Valentine said...

Dear Author:

Congratulations, you get my last "top 5" slot and a faux request for the manuscript. =)

I saved this from yesterday (because of the time difference, I couldn't do them all in one day), and when I came back to it today, I loved it as much as I did the first time I read it.

If I saw this book on the shelves, I would buy it, and that's why you made my top 5.

Annie said...

I'd pass.

Reason: I think this one's close, but I'm afraid I've read too much about P.I.s and drugs.

Jessumby said...

Dear Author

Thank you for your query. Please send the first three chapters by email.

Regards, Jessumby

Selene said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for contacting Selene Literary. While I like the premise of your novel INUGAMI, I'm afraid I did not fall in love with it enough to request sample pages. Best of luck in your future agent search.

Best regards,
Selene Da Agent
Selene Literary

Chris Eldin said...

I used up my five slots already, but I would've requested this.

Good luck!

thin said...

Dear Author,
While it seems like an interesting premise for a book, I'm sorry to say that I cannot take on the project. Thank you for considering me, and best of luck in the future.
Sincerely,
Thin

wickerman said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. INUGAMI sounds promising, but I am afraid there is not yet enough here for me to make a decision. Please query me again with 3-5 sample pages included - I would very much like a second look.


Best of Luck,

the Wickerman

Nathan Bransford's Hygienist

RW said...

Dear Author:

This project sounds promising, and I’m interesting in learning more about it. At your earliest convenience will you please forward to me by email 20-30 sample pages (rounding off to the nearest chapter break)? Please put “Requested material” in the subject line, and I’ll read it and get back to you as soon as my schedule allows. Thank you for your query, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours truly,

RW

Polenth said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. I'd be interested in seeing more of your story. Please send me the first three chapters of your book.

--
Polenth

Poppy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. I am afraid that your work is not right for me at this time, however I would urge you to continue to submit to other agents: this is a subjective business.

Agent

EMC07 said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your submission. This sounds interesting. Please sent the first 3 chapters in Word format please.

Sincerely,
emc

Deniz Bevan said...

Thank you for your query, but I wouldn't be the right agent in this instance.
I wish you luck finding the right home for your work.
Sincerely,
Ms Agent Agency

Sacre Bleu said...

Dear Author--

Thank you for your query. Please send me the first 30 pages via email.

Regards,
S. Bleu

Cat Moleski said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your submission. While your writing is strong and the premise of your story interesting, I think there are some problems with the plot line that may take some serious revision and more time than I can give to your project at this time. Please feel free to re-submit to me if you re-write or edit the manuscript in the future.

Cat

Jabez said...

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, I do not believe I am the best agent to represent your manuscript. Best of luck in your quest for publication.

Sun Up said...

Dear Author,

While intriguing, I do not feel that I am the best agent to represent your work. While well written, I'm not a huge fan of this genre of work and I think someone with a focus centered on your genre will be able to represent you much better.


Best of luck,

Alicia
Alicia

Kats said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for your query. While the premise of Inugami is interesting and shows promise, I regret to say I am not taking on new clients right now and I will have to pass.

Best,
Agent for the Day, Kats

* I would request this if I could request more than 5!

Sarah Laurenson said...

Hm. I'm tempted. But... Hm.

Dear Author,

Thank you for your recent query. Though it is not right for me at this time, I welcome you to submit to me again.

Sarah


There's something really good here, but there's a hesitation with a few things in the query - it's "all in your mind" and that the curse is placed on the detective after he starts looking into the curse she said was already placed on him. It's that whole thing that if he had not looked into it, he would've been fine, but looking into the curse gave him the curse.

Ceadrick said...

Dear Author,

Please send me a copy of your manuscript.

Thank you,
Ceadrick

Dale - Las Vegas said...

Please send the first fifty pages of your manuscript.

Thank you.

Sherry Ficklin said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for thinking of me, but I'm going to have to pass. Best of luck finding another agent!

Sincerely, Agent Faux

lucy in the sky said...

Thank you for your query. It sounds like an interesting idea, unfortunately I do not believe I am the best person to represent your work.

Janeal C. Falor said...

Thank you for the opportunity to look at you work. Unfortunately, I don't feel this is the right project for me.

educlaytion said...

You certainly have some impressive credentials listed here, but I am going to pass. Best of luck.

Lankyal said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query letter.

I'd like to ask you to email me the manuscript of INUGAMI. I'll then be able to give you a timeframe in which I'll respond.

Kind regards,

Lankyal

Tree said...

Dear Author:
I want to thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to consider your work. Unfortunately, I did not connect well enough with your project to pursue it further. As I'm sure you know, agenting is a very subjective business. Although your project didn't fit with my particular list, another agent may respond very differently.
Please accept my best wishes for success in your writing career and finding the perfect advocate for your work.
Sincerely,
Tree

Tree said...

Dear Author:
I want to thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to consider your work. Unfortunately, I did not connect well enough with your project to pursue it further. As I'm sure you know, agenting is a very subjective business. Although your project didn't fit with my particular list, another agent may respond very differently.
Please accept my best wishes for success in your writing career and finding the perfect advocate for your work.
Sincerely,
Tree

cwsherwoodedits said...

Your story sounds interesting. Please email me the first 50 pages.
Thank you.

Fawn Neun said...

Thank you for sending in your query for consideration. We have looked it over carefully, but do not feel it meets our agency needs at this time.

Thank you for offering the opportunity and best of luck,

Fawn

Fairduncan said...

Dear Author

Thanks for querying us. I regret I have to pass on this one, but wish you every success in finding representation.

Cordially Yours,
Agent

Joy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission and your interest in using me as an agent. After taking some time to consider your material, I have decided that this isn't right for me.

Best of luck in your writing endeavors,

Joy

Reasoning: Sounds interesting, love the Japanese culture added, it's just not my type of book. I'd definitely query other agents!

JohnO said...

Dear Author,

I'm going to pass here, but there was stuff I liked: the setting and the hook I liked, and I thought you might consider deleting the entire last paragraph of your query.

At this point I'm just looking for the protagonist, story problem and what's at stake, and that last graf is more like a synopsis.

Best,
Agent

Amethyst Greye Alexander said...

Dear Author,

I've reviewed your query but am afraid your project isn't a good fit with the works I represent. I hope you won't let this discourage you, however, as every agent has different tastes and you're sure to find representation that will better suit your needs.

Thank you for considering me.
Amethyst Adams

Anonymous said...

Your project has promise, unfortunately it isn't right for me at this time.

Agent DC

Wandering Spirit said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your query. Although your story shows potential it is unfortunately of a genre that I am not best suited to represent. However, all writing is of value and I wish you the best in your endeavours.

Best wishes

Agent for a Day

Note: I started to get a little lost with the various character sub-plots and traits.

Krista said...

Yes, I would like to see more. Please send pages.

Venus Vaughn said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, your project doesn't meet my needs at this time.
Best of luck to you in your writing career.

~Venus Vaughn

Maryann Miller said...

So sorry, but this is not right for us. Good luck placing it elsewhere.

Sarah D said...

Yep I would like to read it.

Jenny said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for giving me a chance to consider your work. Please email me the first three chapters and a synopsis of in Word format. You will receive a form acknowledgment to let you know I have received your submission. Please allow up to six weeks for a reply.

Nifaerie Noven said...

Hi!

Your query is immensely promising. However, I can not except it for representation because it sounds a little too similar to the X-Files Episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose."

Savannah Pens said...

Dear Author: Thank you for your query. Please send the full manuscript for INUGAMI via e-mail as a word compatible attachment. Savannah Pens Agent

Elizabeth said...

Dear Author,

While your work sounds promising, time constraints force me to pass.

Best of luck elsewhere.

Regards,

Agent Elizabeth

Lupina said...

Please send the full manuscript of INUGAMI according to the instructions on my Website.

The Lupina Agency

Lucy said...

Dear Inugami: I'd like very much to read the first fifty pages of your novel. Please send them to me along with a copy of your query letter and a SASE with sufficient postage if you'd like your work returned. Regards, L.C.

Bekkoni said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submisson. Unofortunately, this work is not right for me.

Best wishes,
Bekkoni

(reason: while the premise was intriguing, the writing was slightly awkward when refering to the different characters--I had a hard time telling which was being talked about.)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your query, but I'm afraid this isn't right for me.

Raven56 said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for querying "Agent for a Day" Agency. Unfortunately, we do not feel this story is a good fit for our list at this time. We encourage you to continue querying other agents.

Best of luck,

Raven56

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,
Please send the first three chapters as an attachment.

RB Ripley said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for thinking of me with your recent query for INUGAMI.

Please forward me the first three chapters via response to this email in either MS Word or pdf format.

Again, thank you for considering me and I look forward to reading the first three chapters.

Sincerely,

Agent For a Day

[request reason: clear hook, potential mass market appeal; interesting mix of cultures]

Maricar said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your query. However, your work does not fit our needs at this time. Best of luck.

Audrey E said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query of INUGAMI. I would like to request the first three chapters from you.

Many thanks,
Audrey

Lipstick Lizzie said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for the chance to look at your work. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m the right agent for this project.

Best of luck,
Lizzie

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

Thank your for your interest in our agency. Please send the first 25 pages.

Sincerely,

Agent.

(Count this as a rejection. The story has promise but the query fails to zero in on the meat of the story. Without pages, I would assume the story is also unfocused.)

Carradee said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but this story isn't for me. Another agent might feel differently.

I wish you success in your writing endeavor.

Carradee

IQOkie said...

Dear Author,

Sounds interesting. So sure why not. Send me the first 30 pages.

Thank you,
Tricia

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