21 Nov Double Bah
To combat the sighs of relief heard round the internet from those who managed to get their queries to me before the closing date yesterday, let me rain on your holidays (since you didn’t click through to the submissions page where it was more fully explained).
Here is a copy of what is written there (no clicking required):
Wolfson Literary Agency is CLOSED TO QUERIES, effective immediately.
If you sent a query prior to November 20 and did not hear from me, you should assume that this is a pass.
If I requested a partial or full from you, I have read it, and I just have not responded yet. I plan to at some distant point in the future; or, you can follow up with me if you would like my thoughts on your work if you have not heard from me by February 1, and I will do my best to respond.
I know this is not what you wanted to read and it’s not what I want to write. But this has been building for a while and Hurricane Sandy really drove this home. I need to focus now, not expand.
Rest assured that when I reopen to queries, I will be ready for you. In the meantime, if you find other agents or pursue other options elsewhere, know that I wish you the very best of luck.
In the meantime, since I haven’t undergone a personality transplant, and I’m merely facing some busy months ahead, let me remind you that I love the spirit of NaNoWriMo, and for all of you who are participating, perhaps you’ll have something ready to show me when I open back up again.
Elizabeth SchwabPosted at 13:18h, 21 November
Will you be able to finish critiquing the queries from your Writer’s Digest Query Writing class? Thanks very much.
Wolfson LiteraryPosted at 16:32h, 24 November
Yes, of course. Those I will be sending out between now and the 60 day deadline. And I’ll probably need every last minute. 🙂
lanceschaubertPosted at 13:21h, 23 November
Awesome, sounds good. Also, you’re the first agent I’ve ever seen who supports NaNoWriMo. I tend to thin it’s a great starting place or a great way to get back into the rhythm, but it’s certainly not the end-all.
Sympathy from Joplin for the Sandy victims. We’re sending vanloads of people again tomorrow morning. Happy Thanksgiving.