Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, April 13, 2009

Be An Agent for a Day: Query #20

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,

People asked me, “What’s trucking like? What’s it really like out there on the road?” My short answer never varied: “You have to like being alone.” In The Driver’s Seat -- Interstate Trucking, a Journey is the long answer and the only literary memoir to emerge from the world of American long-haul trucking.

I drove 18-wheelers cross-country for ten years, logging more than a million highway miles; saw America through a windshield; embraced the addictive solitude of long hauls; violated federal safety regulations in order to deliver freight on time; stumbled down memory lane while a lifetime of failure and regret used me for a punching bag; struggled to make peace with myself and my past and, in my late forties, grew up.

I stayed away from home, trucking for weeks on end, my need for isolation so deep-seated that when my wife first asked to ride along I refused. We fought bitterly at times and she finally told me to decide: the truck or our marriage. Up until my last hour out there I didn’t know which I’d choose.

In The Driver’s Seat. Intended for print, audio and e-media markets in the U.S. and Canada. Written for educated general readers, truckers and would-be truckers. Polished and complete at 71,000 words. Anecdotes, cogent epigraphs and fresh, honest humor drive the narrative, illuminating a life and a mobile subculture in a workplace the size of a continent. Think Bill Bryson on 18 wheels. Or Michael Herr.

I appreciate your consideration and hope to hear from you.

Respectfully,
Author

STATS: 31% request rate






338 comments:

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Megan said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, your book isn't right for me. You say that driving is mostly a lonely affair, and I don't know if I could sell a book that involves so much alone time. Agenting is subjective, though, and I wish you the best of luck!

Sincerely,
Megan

brian_ohio said...

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

Best,

Brian

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

Dear Author,

Sounds intriguing. Send me the first 10 pages, please.

Best,

S

Agent X said...

Dear Author,

This is one of those letters I loathe to write as an agent, because it's clear that you write well, this is an usual and exciting idea, and this is a fantastic query.

Subjectively, however, the material in IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT is not something I feel I could zealously represent, as it would deserve.

I have no doubt, however, that you will be snatched up quickly, and I truly do wish you the best of luck.

Sincerely,

Agent X

TheDivaAgent said...

Dear Author,

We at The Divalicious Agency understand and appreciate the hard work required to craft a novel. Unfortunately, we are not accepting submissions at this time.

We wish you the best in finding representation for your novel.

Yours,

The Diva Agent

Anonymous said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your query. Your premise is fascinating and you write with skill and authority.

Please respond to this email with your proposal, including the first 50 pages.

Best regards,
Agent for a Day

[quote] Oh, I *totally* want to read this one. Great query![/quote]

Derek said...

Dear Author,

I'm intrigued by your book, and I'd like to request a sample of the writing.

Agent For A Day.

Agent X said...

an UNUSUAL. Oy typos.

Thomas said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your submission. Please send me the first thirty pages of your memoir as a word document attached to the email. Please include your name and the title of your book in the subject line.

Sincerely,

Tally

PurpleClover said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for considering me for representation. At this time I will have to pass but please contact XYZ Agency. This may be something they would be interested in.

Regards,
PC

morphine-moniza said...

nope not for me. So:

Dear author,
I don't think I'm the right person to represent your book. Thanks for querying me.

sincerely,
moniza

Anonymous said...

Whoops; too bad I can't edit unintended "quote" tags. Sorry, guys.

Owl Sprite said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for sending me your query for "In the Driver's Seat." I would like very much to see your complete manuscript. This sounds like a very timely project for today's America, and if your book is as well-written as your query, one that will appeal to white-collar as well as blue-collar readers.

Thank you for thinking of me for this project. I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Cat Hellisen said...

Dear Author

While I really liked your premise, I just felt that I wouldn't be the right agent for it. This was quite a tough descision, and I have the feeling I'll be seeing this on the shelves sooner rather than later.

Best of luck in your querying.

Sincerely,
Cat.

Josephine Damian said...

form rejection

DeadlyAccurate said...

Dear Author,

This is really good, and I regret passing. Unfortunately, outside influence (big ol' meanie Nathan only allowing us five choices) means I must decline.

Best of luck placing this elsewhere.

Sincerely,

DA

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. I regret that it is not a good fit for me.

Agent99

Reason: Crisp writing, but I would need more of a sense of the voice and one or more of the funny, compelling anecdotes before asking for pages.

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

While I love your earnest voice, I'm afraid I'm going to pass...

Your query on to another agent that I believe would be a better match.

Agent XXX

** I was really torn about this one, because his pages might be fantastic. The solitary life of a trucker, 10-4 Big Wheelie.

Kristan said...

Because this is pretty well-written and, to my knowledge, unique, I would definitely request this. (Yes, still breaking the Agent for a Day rules.)

Dorine White said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Though the idea is interesting I do not feel like I would be the best agent to promote your work. I encourage you to seek elsewhere.

Best regards,
Agent for a day

lesleylsmith said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your query letter.
Unfortunately, your book is not a good fit for me.
Good luck!
-Lesley
p.s. This letter would be better if the author had included more author platform and marketing info.

quixotic said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your very well-written query, however, I do not feel excited enough about IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT to request anything further.

Good luck in your search for an agent.

Quixotic

JSB said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. It is well written and the subject interesting, however I do not currently represent non-fiction.

Best of luck,

JSB

Sophie W. said...

Dear Author of In The Driver's Seat,

Although your work shows merit, I cannot request further materials at this time. (Memoirs aren't really my thing.) Keep in mind that this business is terribly subjective, and you'll probably get the chance to thumb your nose at me in the future.

Love,

Sophie

PPP said...

Dear Author,

Okay, I'll bite. Send me fifty pages so I can see if you can really make trucking interesting. I have a feeling you can.

Signed,
PPP

KC in SF said...

Thank you for your query. I think your story sounds interesting but I don't think I would be the right person to represent it.

Please continue to query as your work shows real promise.

best wishes,

KC in SF

DCS said...

I don't usually handle non-fiction, but I liked the way you presented yourself and I would like to see the first 30 pages of your work.

Jeni said...

Dear Trucking,
Thank you for your query. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to review your proposal, and found the premise for your manuscript intriguing. However, I’m afraid that the manuscript does not meet my needs at this time. Please do continue to send your work to other agents, as someone else may feel differently.
Best of luck in your publishing endeavors,
Jeni

jimnduncan said...

Thank you for querying me, but I'm afraid I must pass on your memoir. Best of luck in your continued writing endeavors.

(reason: this has potential, and if my reading load was light, I might actually look at pages for this, but I have doubts this would sell. It would have to be really unique).

ccallicotte4 said...

Thank you for sending me your query. I appreciate you considering me.

I reviewed your proposal and unfortunately am going to pass on representing it. Please keep in mind that this is a subjective business, and another agent may feel differently. I encourage you to query widely.

Best of luck to you.

{It sounds intriguing and it's a good query letter - but as we are limited to 5, and this isn't something I would normally go for, I have to pass)

suki said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. I'm afraid this project isn't right for me. I wish you luck in your search for representation.

Regards,
Suki


Reasoning: I question marketability. But, in the end, I just wasn't engaged in the voice or idea.

suki said...
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reader said...

Pass.

My brother is a truck driver (true). There is pretty much nothing "literary" about it, from my standpoint.(true)

Also, 71,000 words is an inadequate length for an adult novel.

Best of luck to you.

sirayn said...

Dear X,

Thank you for your well-written and gripping query. Ultimately, I'm not sure that the subject-matter is saleable, so I’m afraid I have to pass. I wish you luck in finding an agent who’s passionate about your work. Please consider me for future works.

Today’s Agent

(Reasoning: nearly requested this. Cracking query, very tight, just not interested in the topic. I'm not a non-fic reader so this is not an authoritative opinion. Nice work.)

Keri Ford said...

Thank you for submitting, but unfortunately I didn’t connect with this story idea.

Good Luck,
Keri


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Not something I'm familiar with or something of a strong interest to me.

Christine Rose said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Although this is an interesting concept, it isn't right for me at this time.

Best of luck,
Agent for a Day

Lisa R said...

Dear In the Drivers Seat:

Thank you for your query. Although it sounds very interesting it is not right for me. I'm sure another agent will feel differently. Best of luck.

Lisa R

Lucy A muse ision said...

Thanks. Sorry.

Lucy A Muse ision
Fictitious Agent

romoak said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query but I do not rep non-fiction.

--I might request this anyway. Not only does the premise sound interesting, but I have family members who used to be truckers, so there's a personal feel too.

Sandy said...

I'd be interested in reading your book. Please send me the full manuscript as a Word attachment.

Best,

Agent for a Day

Onovello said...

Dear Author:

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

With all best wishes for your success in securing representation for your work.

Onovello

Kitti said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. I am intrigued - would you please send me a Word document of the first fifty pages of your manuscript?

Cheers,
Kitti

Rick Daley said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your interest in The Authors Write Literary Agency. I have reviewed your query for In The Driver’s Seat, 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

Harsh Critic said...

I was intrigued at first, but I worried that this was mostly a manuscript about a guy sitting in a truck and looking back on his life. Could be tiresome.

Also, don't mention e-book rights, etc.

Jenn Johansson said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, I'm afraid this isn't right for me. I would recommend contacting LALA Agency as I feel they may be a better fit.

Best of luck!
JR

Colorado Writer said...

Dear Author,
Sorry, not for me. But, sounds fascinating. Best of luck.
Warm regards,
Agent Name

Nixy Valentine said...

Dear Author:

I'm sorry, but I don't think I'm the right agent for your project.

Notes: This one was tough for me, because the query is very well written. I just wasn't interested enough in the topic of trucking to have this be one of my 5 picks.

Also, I noted that you said it's written with humour, but that didn't really come across in your query. Perhaps liven up the voice a little?

Bija Andrew Wright said...

Thanks for thinking of me, but I'm going to pass on this one. Best of luck.

selestial-owg said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. While I found the idea interesting, I don't believe I am the right agent for you since I don't represent memoirs. I wish you the best of luck in your search.

Selestial



There was weird punctuation in the query that kept tripping me up. I wouldn't ahve requested it for the reason I gave, but if it was published, I might still read it.

jjdebenedictis said...

Dear Author,

I'm very excited about your query for IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT. Not only is this a subject I haven't seen in a memoir before, but your compelling writing voice drew me in and made me really want to know what the solitude of driving a rig is like.

Please send me the first three chapters of IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT, as well as an SASE and sufficient postage for me to return your pages to you later. You should hear back from me within two weeks.

I'm really looking forward to reading your work!

Sincerely,
J. J. DeGoblin

Caroline said...

Dear Author:

Please send the full manuscript as soon as possible. Your voice and the small hints of the action in the novel intrigue me. Thank you for your submission.

Best regards,

Agent Caroline

AgentMan said...

Not something we'd be interested in. Keep on trucking. :)

AgentMan

David de Beer said...

Dear Author,

at this time I don't feel like this is the right fit for me and must regretfully pass. Good luck in placing it elsewhere,

Sincerely,
David de Beer

ai-hua said...

Dear Author,

I'll bite--the mention of your wife and you having to choose between it and her hooked me. Please send your full manuscript ASAP.

Ai Hua

(This is, of course, assuming I sold memoirs.)

David de Beer said...

note (in case the author comes scrolling past): I actually think there's a lot of merit in this idea but I wouldn't know where to begin to sell it. Thankfully, I'm not a real agent. I hope this dude got a bookdeal somewhere.

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 strongly suspect this is one of the ones that's been published -- I'm just not a big non-fiction fan)

Dara said...

Dear Driver,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately I do not think I am the right person for this book. I wish you success in your search for representation.

Best,

Dara

Specifics: Compelling, but not something that I think would be marketable to a large audience. Also, the last paragraph in the query was a bit abrupt with its sentence fragments.

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: Not the kind of genre I like.)

bridge said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your query. I'm afraid I have to pass.
Best wishes,
Bridge
On a personal note, I don't think the subject material is right for me so I passed which isn't to say that someone else wouldn't be intrigued.

K. Andrew Smith said...

Dear author,

The concept for your memoir intrigues me. Please send the first 50 pages by email, attached as a Word document.


Sincerely,

K. Andrew Smith

:)Ash said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your interest in my agency. Unfortunately, I do not feel I am the right agent for you at this time. Best wishes as you continue your search.

Sincerely yours,

:)Ash

Karen said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. I spent a number of years working in the trucking industry. While I do believe that your book would be well-received and I would like to look at more, I believe you would be better served by an agent that does not harbor grudges toward that industry.

I do wish you luck.
Karen

Scott said...

Dear Author,

I can see this being shaped into something very interesting and with considerable marketing potential, but I don't represent non-fiction.

Keep querying and I'm confident it'll find a home.

Thanks,

Scott

Melissa said...

Dear Author,

Your query was promising, and I'd like to read a sample of the book. Please send the first fifty pages to pretendagent@gmail.com.

Melissa

Thoughts: Did I say I wouldn't do memoir? Oh, but the writing of this query was really good. I'm requesting too many, though. That's three for me.

John said...

Dear Author,

I am very interested seeing a sample of your memoir. Please forward the first 20 pages as a Word attachment. Your writing is lively, your subject is - as far as I know - untapped, and I believe there is a market for a story like yours if it is told well. I look forward to reading further.

sraasch said...

Dear Author,

Honestly, just not my thing. Sorry!

Thanks!
Sara

The Classic Carol said...

Dear Author:
Thanks for your query. It is our top priority to select what best matches our agency. We wish you success as you pursue an agent better suited to your work.

Casey said...
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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

Cat said...

Dear Author,

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

Sincerely,
Cat

I love the voice and I think this book could probably be marvelous. It's still form rejection because I do not think it is easy to sell a book about someone being alone most of the time. It would need exceptional writing skills. If there were some sample pages I would read them but I'm not prepared to ask for them.

Rick said...

Author-

Sorry, but I don't represent non-fiction.

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

Bane of Anubis said...

Dear Author,

Could you please send me the first 30 pages and a chapter outline in Word format. Thanks,

Bane

(reasoning: assuming the author is soliciting the appropriate agent - which, personally, wouldn't be me - this sounds like it could have a niche market and a built in audience -- a midlist book most likely, but something a smaller publishing house - interested in Americana - might take on).

Lois Lavrisa said...

Dear Author,

While I appreciate your consideration of our agency, I will have to pass on your project.

I am sorry to say I did not have the passionate response to it that I would need to request more or offer you representation.

Obviously you want an agent who will stand enthusiastically behind your work.

Additionally, given today’s publishing climate I do not believe I would be able to get you the attention from a publisher that your book deserves.

Publishing is very subjective, though, and another agent may well feel differently.

I do wish you success in finding representation and, once again, thank you for the opportunity to consider your work.

Sincerely,

Lois Lavrisa
Agent for a day

Madison said...

Dear Author,

Thank you so much for your submission. I am interested in your project. Please mail me a hard copy of your complete manuscript. You need not include a SASE for reply as I will contact you through e-mail. Please also note that your manuscript will not be returned and should I pass it will be shredded.

I look forward to reading your work!

Sincerely,

Madison

Reason for accepting: An interesting memoir on a topic most people don't think about. Driving those trucks is hard work and definately a lonely road. I am eager to read this true story.

hannah said...

The voice here intrigues me--could you email the entire manuscript?

Best,
hannah

Amy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. I enjoyed your query and would like to request the first twenty pages of your manuscript.

Sincerely,
Amy

Eva Ulian said...

This has potential, but the whole project lacks structure, I need to know what stories you are going to tell and what will be the theme that links them together. I'd be happy to take a look when revision has been made

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!

Ramen with cheese said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for allowing RJM Agency to consider your work, but I’m afraid it’s not a good fit for our list. We wish you every bit of luck in your search for representation.

RJM

The Writers Canvas said...

Dear Author,

I loved the premise and idea behind this book, and believe you have a unique perspective in telling this story.

Please send the full manuscript in a Word document to our email address.

Thanks for your query, and we look forward to your submission.

Elaine

abouttothunder said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. Congratulations, I’m hooked. Please send me the full manuscript at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Agent-for-a-day Sara

kaseee said...

Dear Author,

Your project is not without merit, but it isn't right for us at this time. Keep in mind this is a subjective business and another agent may feel differently.

Best of luck,

Agent

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,
I received and read your query.
I'm going to pass.

My grandpa drove truck for several decades. Your topic is interesting. Stick with it and tighten up the hook and query.

Best to you,
Agent SCL

Hilabeans said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to consider your work. I regret to say that I don’t feel that I’m the most appropriate agent for this project.

Best wishes,

HHS

Kristi said...

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

Sincerely,
Kristi

Amy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for thinking of me, your novel sounds interesting but it's not for me at this time.

Good luck with your search for an agent.

Kind regards,

amyandnick

(PS,this is close, the problem is I'm not sure there will be enough dialogue for me personally, since he'll be alone in a truck or fighting with his wife. I do think this query is well-written, I would find a way to make sure the memoir seems like more than a long truck ride. Good luck!)

Barb said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but this is not for me. I wish you luck in finding a home for your manuscript.

All the best,
Barb

Vicky said...

Thank you for querying our agency. Unfortunately, this project is not right for us. Best of luck finding representation for your work.

All best.

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

Monika said...

Thank you for your submission, but I do not think this project is right us. This is a subjective business and other agencies will feel differently. We wish you every success with your project.

[I was teetering on this one. I'm sure there are some wild tales in there. I'd like to see a laundrylist of one pages sentences discribing some of the writer's adventures.]

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

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.

Endless Secrets said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, although I find your idea a unique one, unfortunately it does not suit my picky taste.

Best of luck to you.

-Lea

Nik said...

Thank you for your query. While the premise is interesting, I am not the right agent for this work.

super agent nicole said...

Dear author,

Thank you for taking time to submit to me. Unfortunately, I do not feel that I would be a good match for you book as it is not a subject that particularly interests me. It sounds like it has potential and I would recommend to keep submitting to other agents as we all have different interests.

Thank you,
Nicole

note: I would recommend reworking the last paragraph to make it full sentences. I think the idea sounds interesting, but in the blurb I would put more emphasis on the primary conflict in the memoir. It sounds intersting, but not something I would love enough to represent (if I were an agent...)

Heather said...

Dear Author,

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

Good luck!
Heather


You actually had me up until the last paragraph, which I found to be unnecessary and kind of off-putting.

And while the subject matter wouldn't interest me enough to ask for pages, your query (up until the last paragraph) was fantastic.

Good luck. I hope you find representation!

bookshop said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your recent submission. While I enjoyed the premise and feel you have strong potential for a successful memoir, our agency is not the best fit for this particular project. Other agents may feel differently, and I encourage you to keep querying. I wish you luck in your search for representation.


Regards,

Bookshop

________

(Hi! Oh, this is close. I think this could be a great memoir. As others have said I think the whole last paragraph is a giant dealbreaker, specifically, "cogent epigraphs and fresh, honest humor drive the narrative".

For the love of your writing, please don't review your own narrative. It's always jarring, and always makes me as a reader resent being told how I'm going to feel about something before I've read it. If you do the work of showing/not telling, you won't need to say any of this to us because we'll already *find* fresh humor in your query itself.

I do think this could use more focused structure; tell us about some of the anecdotes you'll relate and what the overall narrative theme of your memoir will be. Still, there's a lot that's good here; congratulations on all the interest, and good luck!)

Miss Lily said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for allowing me to read this query, but it's not right for me. I just don't think I have the right kind of contacts to sell this type of book. However, I strongly encourage you to query other agents that handle this type of book, as your concept and query is strong and compelling.

Best regards,
Lily

Cary Louisa said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for submission. While I appreciate the idea of your project (my grandfather was a trucker), I don't feel it is right for me.

Thanks,
Cary

Chuck H. said...

Dear Author,

Sorry but I only represent fiction. This sounds like a workable proposal but not for me. Good luck in your search for representation.

Sincerely,

Chuck

Word ver: respe Where's the ct?

SammyStewart said...

Send me 10 pages, please

Gwen said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately, this project is not a good fit for me at the present time.

Regards,

Gwen

***

(Side note: outside of the scope of my interest. Therefore, I would have difficulty offering it the attention that it deserves.)

Don said...

[form rejection]

Chanelley said...

Thank you for submitting your query, which I read with great interest. I would like to see more of your work, so if you could attach the first thirty pages as a reply to this email, I’d appreciate it.
All the best,
Agent for the day

scj said...

You have a wonderful voice, a strong letter, and what seems like an interesting story to tell. I would be happy to read the first three chapters. Please send them my way!

Agent KES said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for submitting your query. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer you representation at this time. Best of luck,

Agent KES

Cindy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for submitting your query. While the story has promise, I am going to have to pass on this particular project.

All the best,
Cindy

(I was actually fairly interested in this, even though I don't read much non-fiction. If there was just a little more about the specifics of the book or how you are planning on marketing it, I think I might have asked for extra pages.)

Sarah said...

Dear Author,

Your non-fiction idea sounds interesting. Please send me a suggested table of contents and one example chapter. Thanks,
DC Nonfiction

Barbara Webb said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for sharing your proposal, but I'm going to pass.

Best of luck!

Barbara

dhole said...

I'd like to take a look at this, if possible.

Casey said...

Dear Author:

I don't normally represent memoirs, but I'd love to read the first 50 pages of this manuscript - I'm intrigued and the query is spot-on.

Please send the requested material to casey@agentforaday.com.

Best,

Casey

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.

Although it sounds like it has some potential, I'm not representing memoirs at the moment, and don't think I could do your story justice.

Best of luck in the future,

Regards,
Agent for a Day, Bookworm Megs

Craven said...

Thank you for your consideration. Your life sounds amazing and your pitch is strong, however I'm not sold on how many people this will appeal. I'm sorry I can't offer representation at this time.

Best of luck, Craven

Kavanaugh and Byrne's LA said...

Dear Author

Thank you opportunity to consider your work at Kavanaugh and Byrne’s Literary Agency.
We were impressed by the concept have you considered using these ideas in a fictional context?
We do not feel that are the best match with this project in this format.
We wish you every success with this and other ventures

Flower Kavanaugh

Kelly Guentner said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for the query. I regret to inform you that this is not the right work for me to represent at this time.

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.

Tara Ryan said...

Dear Author,
Thank you so much for submitting your work to me. Unfortunately, In the Driver's Seat is not a good fit for me at this time. I wish you much luck in your writing endeavors.
Agent-for-a-day

Sasha said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm the best agent for your manuscript. I would like you to think of me if you decide to write fiction, however. I love your voice and concise style.

Good luck and yours truly,
AftD

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

ikmar said...

Dear Author

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

Sincerely,
Agent for the Day

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

EJ Lange said...

Author,

Thank you for your query. It pains me to tell you I don't think this work is right for me. I really love your voice and find your theme unique, but I'm concerned it will be difficult to sell. I hope another agent disagrees and that you find representation soon.
Best of Luck!

Agent Erin

Andie said...

Dear Author:

I have to say, I love memoir and I'm surprised I haven't seen a trucking memoir yet. Perhaps yours will be the one -- please send me the complete manuscript to consider. I look forward to reading it.

Thanks,
Andie

Horserider said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for allowing us to consider your work. I’m sorry to say that this is not something we are interested in at this time. We receive hundreds of submissions every week and, unfortunately, cannot take them all on. This is a very subjective business and I wish you luck on your journey to publication.

Sincerely,

Horserider Literary Agency

bridge said...

Dear Author,
I've been thinking about your query all day and changed my mind. Would you send me sample chapters?
Thanks,
Bridge
Here's the thing that got me, I was drawn by the voice. I'm not really interested in the subject material, I don't really care to read a memoir, but I am interested in you because of your voice, so even though it is on my lists of no's I'm going to come back and give it a yes, simply because if the writing is better than the query, it's going to be one great book.

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

Matilda McCloud said...

Thank you for your query. Please send me the first three chapters and a synposis. It sounds interesting.

With best regards,

Matilda McCloud

Adam Heine said...

This sounds like it might be interesting, but I'd want to know more specifics about the conflict and/or the main character (even if it's a memoir, you're still the protagonist) before asking for more. I'd also want to know this has more mainstream appeal (I don't know how many truckers would read a literary memoir, you know?).

I'm sorry, but this doesn't sound right for me. Thank you for submitting.

Jeanne Tomlin said...

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

Other Lisa said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for your submission - I'd love to see the first fifty pages. Please send as an attached Word doc with "requested material" in the subject line - and it's helpful for me if you include the query in the body of the email.

Thanks very much, and I'm looking forward to reading!

Best,

Agent X

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

P.S. I'd cut the second to last paragraph (except for the word count).

Leslie said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for a peek into the world of long-haul trucking. I will have to pass.

Best wishes, Leslie

Meg Trotter said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, however I will have to pass. This just is not right for me.
Best of luck elsewhere,

Megan

CJK said...

Thank you for your query. I am not interested in further materials on this work. Good luck with your search for representation. CJK

Eden said...

Please send me the first 5000 words of IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT in an attached Word or Open Office document.

Sincerely,

Eden

Carrie said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for considering My Agency for your next project. Please submit the first twenty pages at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,

Agent For a Day.

Katy said...

This is a creative and fresh premise. Please send the complete manuscript at your earliest convenience.
Sincerely,
Katy

KathyF said...

Dear Author of Query #20,

Thank you for your query. This looks interesting, but I regret that I am not the right agent for IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT.

KathyF

[reason: It seems like this might be a one book author. As an agent, I would be looking for a career author.]

Merry Monteleone said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your interest in The Only Literary Agency Insane Enough To Trust Me With Queries. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to pass.

Best of luck,

Merry

Soratian said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. This was one of those that I really liked but feel I won't be able to do justice to.

I think your subject of a trucker's life is resonant, and will be compelling, if brought out with sensitivity and humour, which I suspect you have.

My advice is to keep pitching it to other agents.

Good luck!
Soratian

donnas said...

Thank you for your submission but I am afraid I could not give you the representation your book deserves.

Pap said...

This sounds interesting. Please send the 50 pages to me by email, as a MS Word attachment. Also, would you let me know if are querying other agents?

Renee Collins said...

Dear In the Driver's Seat,

Thank you for your query. I would love for you to send me the first fifty pages in a Word doc.

Thanks!

Renee

Mystery Robin said...

Dear Author,

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

Robin

MK said...

Dear Author,

While your query is interesting, I'm afraid it's not the right fit for us at this time.

Good luck with your search.

Best,
Agent for a Day

MK said...

Dear Author,

While your query is interesting, I'm afraid it's not the right fit for us at this time.

Good luck with your search.

Best,
Agent for a Day

Sage said...

Dear ItDS,

I'd love to see a sample of your writing. I think this concept is unique. Please send me the first fifty pages via e-mail.

Thanks,
Sage

Nay said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query.
I would love to see more.
Please send me the first three chapters.

-Nay

Julie Weathers said...

Dear Author,

There were interesting points in your submission, but I’m afraid I can’t offer representation. This is a subjective business, and what appeals to one reader doesn’t always appeal to another. With my current workload, I have to be very discriminating and take on only projects I am passionate about.

I urge you to continue your quest to be published and wish you the best of luck.

Sincerely,

J.M. Agent

(Was married to a trucker for 34 years so I'm familiar with the ups and downs. It would have to have some pretty dramatic moments to make me want to read about it.)

theflightytemptress said...

Dear In The Driver's Seat,

Thank you for your submission, but unfortunately it’s not for me. Publishing is a very subjective business, though, and another agent may feel differently. Best of luck on your continued search.

Yours,

Kat Brauer

(I don't think an agent would say this, but I think if you inserted more humor into the blurb, it might do better. Especially because you say "...fresh, honest humor drive the narrative.")

Sol said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query letter. I do feel there is interest for a memoir from a long time trucker, however I am unable to request a partial at this time.

Kind regards,

Sol Nima

side note: I think a lovely conversational tone of voice comes through in the overview you've provided, however aside from your brief comment pertaining to soul-searching and decision making regarding your marital relationship, there is little punch in your overview. Please consider adding a bit more of your story to this letter (let it pack a few more punches, it may take you a bit further in your search for representation).Best, S.N.

Annie said...

I'd pass.

Reason: It sounds interesting, but I'd like more snippets of what to find in the actual book, rather than stuff about yourself.

Jessumby said...

Dear Author

Thank you for sending me your query. I regret to inform you that it does not suit the needs of my list at this time.

Regards, Jessumby

Selene said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for contacting Selene Literary. After reading your query of IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT I would like to see the complete manuscript. Please send it as an attachment at your convenience.

Best regards,
Selene Da Agent
Selene Literary

Belinda Frisch said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. However, I am not able to offer representation at this time.

Best Wishes,
Belinda

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. I am afraid i am not the right agent for memoirs. I am passing on your project.

Best of Luck.


The Wickerman

Deputy Director, Bransford Lit Financial Division

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

JuJu said...

Dear Author,

Your novel and query are both: well written, formatted and well thought out. If you are interested, I would like to have a partial of your manuscript to read, revise, and consider taking on as a full-fledged project.

Best wishes,
JuJu

Poppy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. Although this is an interesting idea, I am afraid that I only represent fiction works, so this is not the book for me. Good luck with your other submissions.

Agent

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

EMC07 said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your submission. This has an interesting premise. I'm sure there is a lot to tell about this subject. I'd be willing to look at more. Please send the first 3 chapters.

Sincerely,
emc

kdrausin said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. I was intrigued by your query however at this time my client list is full.

I wish you luck on your writing journey.

Sincerely,

KDrausin ( I am left wondering...is this a mistake to reject this query. I want to read this book and I loved this query. I'm not sure of its marketability. It all depends on the cover. You would need more than an 18 wheeler.

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

Patti K. said...

Thank you for your submission but I am only accepting fiction at this time. I have confidence that you will be able to find an agent that will be a perfect match for you obvious talent. Good luck in your quest for the perfect agent!

Patti K.

Jabez said...

Thank you for your query. Your manuscript sounds interesting. Please email me the first 30-40 pages.

Dale - Las Vegas said...

Your story intrigues me. Please send the first fifty pages via email.

Thank you,

There's a big market for non-fiction and this sounds like something that could be successfully marketed.

Sun Up said...

Dear Author,

This was interesting and well written. Please send me the first three chapters of your manuscript. Please copy and paste into the body of the email. No attachments.

send to agentalicia@literaryplace.com

Kats said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, but I'm going to pass on In the Driver's Seat as the subject matter is not the right fit for me

Best,
Agent for a Day, Kats

Sarah Laurenson said...

Form rejection.


Huh. I kind of like this, but I don't see it as commercially successful. And it doesn't look like the author has more than this in their writing arsenal.

educlaytion said...

Thank you for your submission. Your credentials are impressive, but this book is not for me. Good luck in the future.

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

Heather Harper said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. After careful consideration, I regret that I’m unable to request your manuscript at this time.

Best,
Agent for a day

lucy in the sky said...

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately I do not handle memoirs.

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...

I think you have a wonderful story to tell and a great voice to tell it in. Please send me the entire MS. Thank you.

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

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

Laurie said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I have decided to decline representing you for this manuscript.

I think you have a very compelling story and you made it to the third round in my consideration, and the only reason I am declining is the mandatory limit of only accepting five manuscripts.

Best of luck to you! I'm sure you will find representation soon.

Laurie

Fairduncan said...

Dear Author

I was very intrigued by your query and would be interested in looking at a partial of your manuscript. If you could send me the first 50 or so pages, I'll be glad to review it and give you a timely response.

Best Regards,
Agent

Joy said...

Dear Author,

I would love to take a look at this! Please send me the first 50 pages. Even though I'm not a trucker, I'm very intrigued by this. It reminds me of Travels with Charlie by Steinbeck.

Looking forward to reading more,

Joy

Wandering Spirit said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. I am interested to read more of your manuscript. Please can you email me the first 30 pages as an attachment for further review? Please assist me by attaching your original query with your response.

Best wishes

Agent for a Day

Note: The query hooked me and made the subject matter seem of immediate interest even though I’m not interested in trucking! I’m intrigued to see how engaging his book will be.

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 shows promise, unfortunately it isn't right for me at this time. Good luck!

Agent DC

Krista said...

Sorry, form rejection.

It sounds intriging, but I am not completely sold.

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

Venus Vaughn said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. I was very interested by your submission and hope you continue to pursue your writing career as you have some good ideas and an intriguing voice. Though I liked your project, ultimately it is not something I will be able to devote the right amount of energy towards.

I encourage you to hone your craft and keep submitting. Just because this isn't the right project for me, that doesn't mean you won't find representation elsewhere.

Best of luck,

~Venus Vaughn

Savannah Pens said...

Dear Author: Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, the work is not right for my agency. Best wishes. Savannah Pens Agency.

Maryann Miller said...

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

Bertha Lavelle said...

Dear Author,
I'm intrigued by your query.
Please forward me the full manuscript,
Bertha

Gregory said...

Dear Author;

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

Cordially,

Agent Gregory

[Three reasons for accepting this one: Clear voice. Decent query. Significant potential niche market. There are a lot of truckers out there. And more would-be truckers. And I would anticipate some pretty good war stories. So give us the "inside story!" As they say, "inquiring minds want to know!"]

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

Wow do I love your voice. And you managed to interest me in possibly the last topic I would have ever expected to care about. Please send the complete manuscript.

- AI

Nifaerie Noven said...

Hi,

Sorry, this just isn't for me.

Thanks and bets of luck.

Jenn said...

Dear Author,

I'm intrigued by your story and writing style. Please send your first 30 pages in a Word document attached to an email, along with a copy of your query.

Sincerely,
Fake Agent

---I thought this was a well-written query, and the idea is interesting to me. Well done!

KareFree Kennels said...

In The Driver's Seat


Sorry, not for me.

Best of luck,
Sheryl

Elizabeth said...

Dear Author,

While I might very well buy this book in the store, I do not represent memoirs.

Best of luck.

Agent Elizabeth

Lupina said...

I would have like to have seen a few more specific anecdotes but I'll take a chance and ask for your first 30 pages, please.

The Lupina Agency

Lucy said...

Dear Author: Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, we do not feel that we are a suitable agency to represent your work. We wish you every success in your search for an agent. Sincerely, L. C.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately, this project is not a good fit for me. I appreciate your time and consideration, and wish you luck in finding representation.
Best,

Agent M

Bekkoni said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submisson. Unfortunately, this work is not right for me at this time.

Best wishes,
Bekkoni

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