|Stephany Evans, President|
Fine Print Literary Agency
In this blog, I would like to make note of one agent who seems to understand the author's side of querying. Stephany Evans is the President of Fine Print Literary Agency, and I have queried her three times (for three separate projects). Each time she has sent me a rejection, but has responded with a personally written note, which has left me feeling good about what I am trying to accomplish.
The last response I received was for a historical romance:
Dear Ms. Jarecki,
Thank you for thinking of me with your query. Unfortunately, I'm afraid this is not a period that really speaks to me so I wouldn't be the right agent for this one. I've shared your note with a colleague, however; if she's interested, you'll hear from her directly. Best of luck and success to you.
When I read this, I thought...hmm...Here's the president of an agency who responded the same day that I sent my query with a nice personal note. I imagine she gets the same number of queries as every other agent out there, but Ms. Evans must be exceptional at time management. Her professionalism is an example to us all. Her bio on the Fine Print website is: http://fineprintlit.com/about-the-agents/stephany-evans-president/
As long as I am on my soapbox, I do want to address my author friends. I believe there is a certain etiquette that authors should adhere to when querying agents. If you are fortunate enough to get a rejection do not click reply and send a nasty-gram. Even if you get a canned response, at least the agent or agency has sent you a response.
Good luck to everyone who is now in the querying process and don't let it get you down. Try to balance your time with what you love -- writing!