Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, April 13, 2009

Be An Agent for a Day: Query #29

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 young girl falls and undergoes a CAT scan. Physicians find a small spine fracture, but that is the least of her worries. She’s just been exposed to radiation 100 times more powerful than a chest x-ray and by the time she’s 50, she will undergo many more CAT scans and nuclear medicine tests, thus dramatically increasing her chances of developing cancer at an early age.

As a medical editor for the last 12 years, I have written extensively about the risk of cancer from imaging tests and I have talked with physician and industry experts. While experts debate the extent of risk, the public is largely ignorant of any such risk. I propose to write a simple, comprehensive book that lays out the problem, the raging debates and the solutions.

The New York Times and other mainstream newspapers have written about this problem, but no one has compiled a simple-to-understand book. The book I propose—“The CAT (scan) is Out of the Bag”—will allow people—especially parents of young children—to take action now to prevent the harmful effects of radioactive medical imaging.

I know physicians who were unaware of these dangers. The FDA wants people to carry a “radiation exposure” card. Manufacturers have dose-reduction techniques, but these are largely ignored by imagers. What is the public doing about this? Nothing, because people simply aren’t aware of the problem!

Doctors order more than 62 million CAT, or CT, scans a year, and 20 million nuclear medicine tests. Children and young adults get radioactive scans for many complaints when other nonionizing tests will suffice. The public should know how to protect itself.

I can send you a proposal that details each chapter, along with the experts to be included in the book. I can have a finished book 5 months from go-ahead. Thanks for your time; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Author

STATS: 13% request rate






328 comments:

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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 my kind of book. Not a genre I care about.)

Derek said...

Dear Author,

This sounds like a viable book, but I've already used up 4 out of my 5 manuscript requests, so I'll have to let someone else take this on as a project.

Agent For A Day.

Colorado Writer said...

Dear Author,
Sorry, but not for me.
Best,
Agent Name

Anonymous said...

I don;t know much about nonfiction proposals but in my uninformed opinion this is fabulous. I would even want to read the book. I'd do a crap job of representing it though. So:


Dear author,
Your manuscript is just not right for me. Thanks for querying.

sincerely,
moniza

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

Agent X said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for taking the time to query. I'm afraid this isn't the right piece for me. I wish you the best of luck.

Sincerely,

Agent X

JSB said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your proposal, but as I do not represent non fiction I cannot accept it.

Best wishes,
JSB

(This is actually a very good proposal. It's timely and the author has the resources to be accurate. I'd decided when I started Agent for a day not to rep non fiction, otherwise I'd ask for a partial.)

thelifter said...

Dear Author:

Sounds like it could be an interesting proposal, but I don't think your platform is strong enough to be the spokesperson for the issue. I would need something like this to come from a doctor or a researcher in the field. Perhaps you left out some relevant credentials. If so, make the case for your platform and requery.

Regards,

Mr. Snark

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Dear Author,
I don't handle non fiction. Best of luck.

selestial-owg said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. As I don't handle non-fiction, I will have to pass. Good luck in your agent search.

Selestial


Sounds like an interesting book. He/she has credentials. But knowing that cancer strikes people of all ages all the time (more than one in my family), I was offended by the way the first paragraph implied that regular people don't get cancer at a young age (or that young could be way younger than 50). I'm sure that wasn't the author's intent, but it made me feel angry.

KC in SF said...

Thank you for the query. While I think this is an important topic, I do not currently represent nonfiction.

best wishes,

KC in SF

romoak said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission but I do not represent non-fiction.

-- Personal Taste

Laura said...

Dear Author,

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

Best of luck,

Agent Laura

(I could see this doing well, actually, but I'm not into non-fiction. [The public sure is though, so good luck!])

Nathan Bransford said...

Methinks people are overlooking rule #6:

6. For the purposes of this contest you are looking for queries that demonstrate publishable potential, not necessarily your genres of interest.

Libby Martin said...

Dear Author,
Although I am interested in medicine, this project is outside of my interests. I believe that your book, THE CAT (SCAN) IS OUT OF THE BAG would not be an appropiate fit for me. I am however, interested in future projects you may have. Please query me again for future projects if you remain unagented.

Best of luck!

Love,
Libby

Nixy Valentine said...

Dear Author:

I have to pass on evaluating this query at all, simply because I don't know enough about the subject matter.

I will say that although I think your subject matter is worthy, I think your title is a bit too cute, especially if the book is purely scientific and not meant to have any humour in it.

Lisa R said...

Dear the CAT (scan) is Out of The Bag:

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately your project is not right for me. Another agent may feel differently. Best of luck,

Lisa R

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.

Kitti said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, but this doesn't fit with what I am looking for.

Best of luck,
Kitti

Bane of Anubis said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for your submission, but it isn't right for me. Best of luck,

Bane

(reasoning: this hits close to home as my wife is a radiologist and gets extremely frustrated by other physicians who request studies more from a CYA attitude than a medical perspective; however, non-fiction's not part of my bag - though I think it's a worthwhile endeavor)

DeadlyAccurate said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your query and I apologize for this form reply.

I regret I have to pass on many interesting projects due to time constraints. I wish you the best of luck in securing representation elsewhere.


Sincerely,

DeadlyAccurate

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

--
sounds intriguing.

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: good query, interesting concept, but platform too vague. Can't tell if you're an expert on the subject. You need to convince me that you are the #1 authority in the field. Not just "a medical editor", but "the chief editor of medical journal XX". Not just "written extensively", but "published articles in Y and Z". Other authorities have provided interviews/forewords/etc. That kind of stuff. Remember that platform is all-important in non-fic.)

gapyeargirl123 said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but at the moment I am not representing this genre. Please check the website again in the future.
~Agent A

Bane of Anubis said...

Regarding what Nathan said, I think it's publishable, I just don't believe I'd have the passion to do you justice in finding the best deal -

if I'm to assume I'm an agent in your field, I'd request material - without a doubt.

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

Regretfully, I will have to pass.

Agent XXX


**This is one where the credentials would have to be top notch to overcome the benefits of having a CAT scan. A study with participant results would also help. Or pairing with an MD as a co-writer would strengthen the author's platform.

Caroline said...

Dear Author:

Your book sounds promising, but I do not feel I could successfully represent a nonfiction book such as this.

Sincerely,

Agent Caroline

suki said...

Dear Author,

At this time I would like to request additional materials. Please provide three sample chapters, a synopsis/outline and a CV.

Regards,
Suki


Reasoning: Seems timely and well-written. And I am intrigued. I'd at least like to see more.

Anonymous said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your query. Your project sounds interesting, but it's not quite right for me.

Thanks, and best of luck.

Sincerely,
Agent for a Day

[This is a tricky one. I think there's an interesting premise here, but I'd want to see some hard statistics about the actual risks and specific (i.e., physical) dangers. There's some of this scattered throughout the query, but I think it would be much more powerful if the querier hit me with it right up front. Also, I'd want to know what the author's platform is, who the sources are, and why people are so unaware of the problem.]

:)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

Sophie W. said...

Dear Author of CAT Scan,

Although your work shows merit, I cannot request further materials at this time, as I am unqualified to represent nonfiction. 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

Jenn Johansson said...

Dear Author,

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

Best of luck!
JR

Melissa said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but I don't think I'm the right agent for your book. I wish you best of luck in placing it elsewhere.

Melissa


Thoughts: This is a well-written query, but I honestly don't think I'd represent this project well.

Josephine Damian said...

Well, I'm sure thinking twice before I get a CAT scan!

I'd think the author would be beter off co-writing this with a physician to strengthen platform.

Otherwise, form rejection.

kdrausin said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for seeking my representaion. I applaud your passion for your subject matter. Your book proposal is not right for me at this time. I wish you luck on your writing journey.

Sincerely,

KDrausin

Rachel said...

Dear Author,

Thank you very much for your submission. Unfortunately, I am going to pass on your project. While the topic sounds intriguing and you lay out several interesting points, I do not have enough idea of the direction you plan to take with your project. Again, thank you for your submission. I wish you luck.

Sincerely.

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 idea doesn't sound compelling enough
(Again, this improves with practice and self-education)

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


Comments, if any:
This could be a great book, but platform is crucial to the success of non-fiction, and your query doesn't outline what yours is. I also fear that a medical editor won't seem, to publishers, to be enough of an expert to write authoritatively on this subject.

Keri Ford said...

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

Good Luck,
Keri

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Passing because nonfiction is not something I am familiar with at all. Though I can tell from the query it would be very well written. Wouldn't be surprised if this is one of the published.

Cindy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately this project is not what I am looking for at the time.

All the best,
Cindy

sraasch said...

Dear Author,

Unique concept, but not my genre. Sorry!

Thanks!

EJ Lange said...

Author,

Thank you for submitting your query. Unfortunately, it is not right for me at this time. Good luck in your search for representation.

Agent Erin

David de Beer said...

Dear Author,

thank you for your query. Unfortunately I am going to pass this time.

Sincerely,
David de Beer

Sooki Scott said...

This sounds marketable and current.

Please send me your proposal and list of experts, along with their resumes.

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

Casey said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your time and consideration. Unfortunately, I’m afraid I’m not the right agent to represent THE CAT (SCAN) IS OUT OF THE BAG and your career as a writer.

Best wishes,

Casey

***

Not my kind of book; I wouldn't be able to champion it properly.

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

jimnduncan said...

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

(reason: while the topic might be viable, there is no proposal here and no real platform to speak of)

Rick Daley said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your interest in The Authors Write Literary Agency. I have reviewed your query for The CAT (scan) is Out of the Bag, 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

brian_ohio said...

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

Best,

Brian

K. Andrew Smith said...

Dear author,

Thank you for your submission, The CAT (scan) is Out of the Bag . Unfortunately, it's not quite right for me. I wish you good fortune in your quest for an agent.

Sincerely,

K. Andrew Smith

Craven said...

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

Best of luck, Craven

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.

Onovello said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your query. This sounds interesting. Please send me a proposal and outline.

Best,
Onovello

Bija Andrew Wright said...

There are interesting ideas here, but the writing isn't coming together for me. I have to pass.

scj said...

Sorry, but this isn't right for me. It sounds like a promising idea, but I don't think your platform is strong enough, nor do I get a sense that your book will show balanced viewpoints. Best of luck.

quixotic said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, however, I do not feel excited enough about it to request anything further.

Good luck in your search for an agent.

Quixotic

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

Megan said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, I do not represent non-fiction.

Best,

Meg Spencer

Cat said...

Dear Author,

I think you have wonderful idea. Unfortunately, I am the wrong agnet to query since I am not accepting non-fiction at the moment.

I wish you luck in finding representation,
Cat

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

Megan said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, your book isn't right for me, despite your professional proposal. I do not have extensive connections, nor enthusiasm, for nonfiction. Agenting is subjective, though, and I wish you the best of luck!

Sincerely,
Megan

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

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

AgentMan said...

We only accept completed works. Thanks anyway.

AgentMan

The Writers Canvas said...

Thanks for your query, but it's not right for me at this time. Best of luck to you in your writing endeavors!

Elaine

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: Manuscript is not complete and while I appreciate the author's knowledge, I do not believe the audience is wide enough.

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

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. The author needs to give more info about his/her expertise and education. Is he/she an M.D.?

KathyF said...

Dear Author of Query #29,

Thank you for your query, but THE CAT(SCAN) IS OUT OF THE BAG isn't right for me.

KathyF

Jeni said...

Dear Author,
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

DCS said...

I am considering only fiction proposals. Good luck to you.

PurpleClover said...

Dear Author:

Unfortunately at this time I can not offer representation.

Regards,
PC

Ethan Rose said...

No thank you, The query sounded like a fiction book at first.

Harsh Critic said...

This is a close call for me, but I wonder if there's enough here for a full book rather than a magazine article, and if people would want to buy something that is so negative. I believe "Cure Your Cancer in 30 Days" would be more popular than "You May Get Cancer in 50 Years." Also, I don't think the platform is sufficient.

Truly sorry, but I have to pass on this.

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

Karen said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. While I am unfamiliar with your subject, I would certainly like to hear more. Please send your proposal and detailed chapter outlines.

Karen

Anonymous said...

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

As a medical editor you have a background and access to sources and experts. I'm not sure from this query though, if the topic could be stretched out into a book that a non-medical audience would read.

Best to you,
Agent SCL

Eva Ulian said...

How to prevent cancer will always be a saleable project; you will need to ensure you are not overlapping with books already printed on this particular project and perhaps would benefit from widening the horizon to related spheres of radio activity dangers. However, I must pass as I do not represent non-fiction

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

Lucy A muse ision said...

This sounds like an important topic to get out there, and one that you seem very passionate and informed on. But I think it would be best served by a different agent, one who could really understand this topic as well as how and where to promote it.
Thanks.
And Best of luck!

Lucy A muse ision
Fictitious Agent

Actually, scratch that! I'd like to have a go with this. Send it on!
(Just be informed this is a bit out of my area and I'd like to do it justice. And, if it's as good as I think it is, you might want to weigh your choices before choosing agents.)

Scott said...

Dear Author,

I'm sure the information is important, but I'm wondering if there's an entire novel here. In any event, I'm not interested in non-fiction, but I do wish you luck.

Best regards,

Scott

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.

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

Heather said...

Dear Author,

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

Good luck!
Heather

Cary Louisa said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for your submission, but I don't feel the project is right for me.

Thanks,
Cary

Endless Secrets said...

Dear Author,

Unfortuanely I do not accept any non-fiction or anything have to do with the medical area.
-Lea

Dorine White said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, but your work isn't for me.

Best Regards,
Agent for a day

SammyStewart said...

Form Rejection

sally apokedak said...

I don't want to represent nonfiction, but I think this book will sell so I have to ask for it. And that's my last request so I'm done for the day. The rest get form rejections. Yee haw!

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: non-fiction is out of my scope of interest, and I do not believe that I would be the right person to represent a book of this subject.)

Annalee said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for the opportunity to consider your manuscript. I'm afraid it isn't right for me.

Regards,
-Annalee

-----------
Reason: "Written Extensively" doesn't tell me anything. Does the author mean they've got a dozen articles on the subject in peer-reviewed journals, or do they mean they've got a blog with ten loyal readers? Does "experts debate the extent of the risk" mean there's actual discussion about this in the medical community, or does it mean "no one believes me, but one day I will show them all?"

I've seen pop-medical quackery kill and maim children in the past, so I'm extremely leery of taking on startling revelations about the dangers of modern medicine without a rock-solid platform. The author may have such a platform, but they haven't presented it.

Nik said...

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

Reasoning: I'm confused if this is going to be fiction or non-fiction. I think non, but the opening paragraph reads (to me) drastically like fiction. Also, I'm not certain why this one girl will undergo so many other scans - where the prediction came from or what it was based on.

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

super agent nicole said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your query. Unfortunately, I am unable to offer representation at this time.

Thank you,
Nicole

note: this was extremely well written for a proposal, but i only have 2 manuscript requests left, and it didn't quite draw me enough

bookshop said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your recent submission. I regret that I am unable to offer you representation at this time. I wish you luck in your search for representation.

Regards,

Bookshop

________


(Hi! Non-fiction and especially medical proposals aren't in my area of knowledge at all; I will say that I felt the tone of your query undermined the urgency of your subject matter. I would try tightening it up a lot more, and then, instead of giving us the "I know physicians who" paragraph, thread that urgency throughout the whole query. I think it will help illustrate that you can write with compelling emotion as well as factual knowledge of the problem.

Good luck!)

Sasha said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm the best agent to represent your work.

Good luck and yours truly,
AftD

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.

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.

Best of luck in the future,

Regards,
Agent for a Day, Bookworm Megs

Kristi said...

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

Sincerely,
Kristi

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.

Kelly Guentner said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for taking the time to submit your query. While the query itself was well-written and this is an important subject, I do not believe your platform is strong enough to support your message.

Please re-query with more information about your own personal credentials as well as some evidence from your sources that can back up your position on this issue.

Thank you,
Kelly Guentner

Mystery Robin said...

Dear Author,

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

Robin

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

(For me, no hook.)

bridge said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your submission, please send me sample chapters.
Thanks,
Bridge
On a personal note, I would rearrange your paragraphs, put your reasons why, qualifications toward the end so it doesn't break up the flow. I'm not really interested in the subject matter, non fiction, but I liked the query, and would probably read the book if it was as well written as the query. Hope this helps,
Bridge

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

Tara Ryan said...

Dear Author,
Thank you so much for submitting your work to me. Unfortunately, The CAT is Out of the Bag is not a good fit for me at this time. I wish you much luck in your writing endeavors.
Agent-for-a-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

ikmar said...

Dear Author

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

Sincerely,
Agent for the Day

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

While this project shows merit, I'm afraid it didn't fully resonate with me. I feel sure that another agent will feel differently, and wish you the best of luck.

-Agent Pro Tempore

Other Lisa said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. I really appreciate your professionalism and the crispness of the prose; my hesitation here is that the topic, while important, seems more suitable for a series of articles than a full-length book. 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

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 Agency

ai-hua said...

Not something I'm interested in, form rejection.

PPP said...

Dear Author,

The real reason I'm not requesting this ms is that it scares me. I'm plugging my ears and saying Lalala as I type this.

I vow never to get a CAT scan.

Signed,
PPP

Katy said...

Thank you for your submission. However, I don't represent non-fiction proposals.
Best of luck,
Katy

Adam Heine said...

I'm sorry, but this isn't right for me. Thank you for submitting and good luck.

Cat Hellisen said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query.  Your proposal is interesting, but I don't feel that the project is quite right for me. I wish you the best of luck in finding representation elsewhere.

Best,
Cat.

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

I don't know that much about querying non-fiction, but I do think the premise of this one sounds very good - the only thing is, I'd have to see some really impressive credentials on a book of this nature.

The Classic Carol said...

Dear Author:
Thank you for your query. My top priority is to select what best matches our agency, I don't see an opportunity here for THE CAT (scan) IS OUT OF THE BAG. Perhaps this could be developed first as a magazine article. Best wishes as you pursue an agent better suited to your work.

Thomas said...

Dear Author:

Thank you for your submission, but your book is not appropriate for my current needs. I wish you luck in your future endeavors.

Sincerely,
Tally

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

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

Gregory said...

Dear Author;

Form rejection.

Cordially,

Agent Gregory

[The subject sounds important and interesting, but doesn't occur to me as meriting a book, from a business/sales standpoint. Seems like this subject could be easily covered in one (or a few) articles.]

Melinda said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Please send the proposal and the first three chapters attached in a Word doc.

Sincerely,

Melinda

Amy said...

Dear Author,

Your idea sounds promising, and personally I agree with the premise. Please send your proposal.

Thank you for querying me and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

amyandnick

Vic K said...

Thank you for submitting to my agency, however I am not able to offer representation at this time.

Regards,
Vic K.

Reason; Not a subject matter that interests me. It would be a hard call to get me to take on non-fiction, to be honest.

Renee Collins said...

Dear CAT,

Thanks for your query. Unfortunately, I am going to pass.

Best of luck,

Renee

Krista said...

Sorry, I am not interested in nonfiction. Rejection.

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 TC(s)iootB,

While I believe you will find an agent with this book, I do not represent non-fiction.

Thanks,
Sage

Selene said...

Dear Author,

I'm afraid we do not represent non-fiction.

Best regards,
Selene Da Agent
Selene Literary

Nay said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query.
I found aspects of your book 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

Annie said...

I'd pass.

Reason: I'm not sure, from this query, whether this book is fiction or non-fiction. I think it's non-fiction, but the first paragraph of the query sounds like fiction to me. I'm confused.

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

(I think this is an excellent proposal and my rejection would come from personal taste. I do wish you well with this as I think you're on to something.)

Sol said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Your passion for your work and attention to detail come through in your overview. Unfortunately I am unable to request a partial at this time.

Best of luck to you in your search for representation.

Sol Nima

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

theflightytemptress said...

Dear The CAT (scan) is Out of the Bag,

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 in your continued search.

Yours,

Kat Brauer

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

RW said...

Dear Author:

Thank you very much for your query. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to consider your work for representation. As you know, it’s a competitive market these days, and I don’t believe I have the right relationships to sell this project successfully. I do wish you luck in finding an agent and thank you for considering me.

Yours truly,

RW

Polenth said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but I'm going to have to pass. A book like this would need a significant platform, which your proposal did not include.

--
Polenth

CarrieK said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but your project does not meet our needs at this time.

CarrieK

wickerman said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately I must reject 'CAT' at this time. I do not feel I am the best agent to represent this kind of book as I am a fiction specialist at heart.

Best of Luck,

The Wickerman

Nathan Bransford's Sparring Partner

Poppy said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission. I am afraid that your work is not right for me at this time because I do not represent non-fiction works. Best of luck with your other submissions.

Agent

Dara said...

Dear CAT SCAN

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: I think there's marketable potential here, but I think that I was also looking for a little more specifics in the platform. It needs some recognizable credentials to rest on in order for me to be comfortable instead of a vague paragraph.

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

EMC07 said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your submission. I like this. I would like to see more. Please send me the first 3 chapters.

Sincerely,
emc

Dale - Las Vegas said...

Please send me your proposal via email.

Thank you for contacting me.

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.

Soratian said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for your query but I'm afraid I'll be passing on this project as it's not the right fit for me.

All the best,
Soratian

(Comments: Didn't put this in my reply but I actually found your platform to be rather insufficient. I'm not sure what a medical editor is, and you haven't really built up a convincing case that you are an expert in this area.)

Patti K. said...

Thank you for your submission but I am only representing fiction at this time. Good luck on your quest to find the perfect agent.

Patti K.

JuJu said...

Dear Author,

Though your project shows some promise and sounds interesting, unfortunately your proposal does not include a platform, which is required in any non-fiction book query I receive. Please keep in mind that appeal as a book is entirely subjective – and not every agent requires you to build a platform - so keep at it!

Sincerely,
JuJu

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

Sarah Laurenson said...

Form rejection.


Very interesting information and worthy of a magazine article or something of that size. Not sure it will fill a book and still maintain a level of interest throughout.

educlaytion said...

Thanks for submitting. I think you have something good here, but I am not seeking medical NF.

lucy in the sky said...

Thank you for your query. Although the subject matter is intriguing, unfortunately I do not represent non-fiction.

Kats said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for your query, however I am going to pass as it's not the right project for me.

Best,
Agent for a Day, Kats

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

Sun Up said...

Author,

Thanks for the submission, but I do not currently represent non-fiction. Best of luck

Alicia

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

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

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.

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 topic and you made it to the second round in my consideration. 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

Savannah Pens said...

Dear Author: This work is not right for my Agency. Thank you and best wishes. Savannah Pens Agent

Wandering Spirit said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for submitting your synopsis of The CAT (scan) is Out of the Bag. The story has intrigued me and I wish to read more in order to explore its potential. Please can you send me the first 30 pages as an attachment for further consideration together with a list of your source references? Please assist me by including your original query with your response.

Best wishes

Agent for a Day

Note: I’m intrigued so I’d like to read more but as an agent I would want to be 110% certain of the facts and sources upfront which is why I am asking for references at this stage.

Fairduncan said...

Dear Author

I was intrigued by your query and would be interested in receiving a detailed proposal including an outline and sample chapter. I look forward to reviewing your material and assure you of a timely response.

Best Regards,
Agent

Getabo Publishing said...

I think this is a fabulous query.

I feel compelled to read on from the opening lines.

Your credentials add to your qualification for writing it.

The premise, 'simple, comprehensive book that lays out the problem, the raging debates and the solutions.' sounds very sellable.

I think it sounds realistic that you will complete it in your stated time, since you are a medical editor, and familiar with writing.

However, I would still reject it (for now) with a caveat - bring it back to me when you've finished it.

Reasoning: I can't tell from your statements - how well will it flow? If it will include a balance of opinions, or if it is bias to dramatic situations and hysteria, or if it is fair in stating that the medical needs of the patient need balanced against the medical risks of the treatment, and so on.

Bring it back when written, and if it's balanced, I would buy it! Good luck with it.

***
Thank you for your query.

We appreciate you thinking of Getabo Creative Publishing, and wish you the best of luck with your manuscript and future writing endeavors.

Sincerely.
The Editors
Getabo Creative Publishing

JohnO said...

Dear Agent,

This is an interesting issue, but I wouldn't be very good at representing such a project, so I'm going to pass here.

Best,
Agent

JohnO said...

Dear Author,

Thanks for letting me consider your project. Unfortunately, it is not quite right for my list. I must therefore step aside and encourage you to submit elsewhere.

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 book proposal sounds wonderful, unfortunately it isn't he right fit for me. Good Luck,
Agent DC

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

Sarah D said...

I think this has potential. I give it a pass.

Maryann Miller said...

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

IQOkie said...

Dear Author,

I think this information could be covered in a few pages, not a whole book.

If you have multiple medical stories in addition to the CT risks along with a strong platform, then I believe you have a marketable book.

Please re-query with platform and outline.

Tricia

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

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

This sounds interesting, but I would like to hear a bit more about your qualifications for writing this book before considering your project.

- AI

[Aside: I don't feel qualified to evaluate this project, but the topic seems like it would generate a lot of interest.]

Jenn said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for submitting your query. Your premise is interesting and I feel the public would want to know more about this subject.

Please send a completel proposal along with your credentials, list of experts and sources.

Sincerely,
Fake Agent

---Well written query with an engaging (albeit scary) topic.

Elizabeth said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, I do not feel strongly enough about the work to request any further material.

Best regards,

Agent Elizabeth

Barbara Webb said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for sharing your proposal. While this is an interesting -- and chilling -- topic, your query letter didn't give me enough confidence in your writing to request the project.

Best of luck!

Barbara

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

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

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

Bekkoni said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, this is not a good fit for me.

Sincerely,
Bekkoni

(reason: not enough credentials, and medical info changes all the time. Today's nationwide-scare is tomarrows "how did we think THAT was bad?")

Maricar said...

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

Maricar said...

Dear Author,
Thank you for your query. I am interested in reading your proposal. Please send it as a Word document.

Audrey E said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for query. I'm afraid that this piece isn't right for me and I will have to pass at this time.

Yours,
Audrey

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

Thank your for your interest in our agency. However, I'm afraid this isn't quite right for us. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Agent.

Janny said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for querying me about THE CAT (Scan) IS OUT OF THE BAG. As appealing as this project sounds, without a strong platform, a recognizable name, or some credentials you don't mention, this book would be a hard sell in most circles. If you have any of these additional credentials, you may want to requery when you have some of the book done; I'd recommend at least three chapters' worth so we could see how you execute the concept.

Although I am passing on this at this time, I wish you the best of luck with this project.

Sincerely,
Janny

Just_Me said...

I like this idea. You're in the MAYBE pile. I need to see credentials and writing and references.

And I'll let you know if it's a rejection or not when I'm done reading this blast of queries.

Taymalin said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your submission, but this story is not for me at this time. Best of luck with your future endeavors,

Taymalin

sKim said...

Thank you for sending this original proposal. We regret that it doesn't suit our needs at the moment. Best of luck to you.

TFree said...

Thank you for considering me. Unfortunately, this piece isn’t right for me at this time. Good luck with this and future endeavors.

TF

Tawny said...

Dear The Cat,

Thank you for your recent submission. I'm intrigued. Great title. Please send me your proposal. I look forward to reading it.

Sincerely,

Agent for a Day

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 your book. 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.

Jeannie said...

Thank you for querying our agency. Unfortunately your project is not what we’re looking to represent at this time. Best of luck.
- Jeannie

Note: This is an interesting topic, but after reading the query, I don't know if the scientific background needed to make the case would sustain an interesting read for an entire book. I could see being engaged for an article length publication.

00 Pisces said...

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query, but I'm not convinced that your topic isn't entirely alarmist and as such, I would be a poor agent for the book. I'm also unsure that a book dealing with one specific medical test is one that will interest such a general audience. My suspicion is that this topic belongs in news articles and that a book discussing a whole range of unnecessary medical procedures would be an easier sell.

00Pisces

Marilyn Peake said...

Dear Author of "The CAT (scan) is Out of the Bag":

Thank you for your query. I regret to to inform you that I’m no longer accepting queries, as I recently requested manuscripts for five books and my schedule is full. Your book came very close to making my final cut. It sounds fascinating, and your query was impressive. I strongly recommend that you continue to query agents, as another agent might be very interested in reading your manuscript and offering you a contract. I wish you all the best in your writing career.

Sincerely,
Writerly Angst Literary Agent

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