Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why it take so long to hear back from agents and editors.

So love this from Jill Corcoran Literary Agency's newest agent Eve Porinchak as a comment in the A Path To Publishing FB Group on why it takes so long to hear from agents/editors:

I've been in this group and reading all the posts for some time. I am a new agent with the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, and interned with Jill for a year, reading all submissions. As a writer for the last 13 years, I know how very frustrating your situation is. Now that I'm on the other side, I'll share my thoughts: Just in the last few weeks, I have received hundreds of submissions. It takes SO much more time than I thought to get to them in a speedy manner, especially between other work duties and life events. I'm an efficient person…I read ms subs constantly, from my home, the doctor's office, on my phone before bed and upon waking. Still, I cannot imagine getting to all of them within a month or so. This weekend and next, Jill and I will be at conferences, and have two more next month. We are both traveling to NYC soon as well. So, unfortunately, sometimes reading queries is something we have to fit in. Fortunately, I LOVE reading them! I have no problem with people nudging me, especially because things can get lost in the shuffle, and I KNOW your time is valuable. I would definitely check the response times on the agent websites. And, yes, unfortunately many agents now say, "If you have not heard from us in XX amount of time, consider it a NO." I don't like this practice, but I totally get it, in terms of saving time (for them). Last thing…I have requested full mss that are just really really long, and it's taking me forever to finish them before getting back to potential clients. It's tough to read that many novels in a few weeks. I agree with the other commenters; be patient. The fact that you are getting requests for full manuscripts is a great sign. Keep on keepin' on!! Hope this helps.

Eve Porinchak, Junior Agent, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency

Eve Porinchak graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in PsychoBiology. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Colby-Sawyer College and attended medical school at the University of New England.

Eve has always worked with children in some capacity. She taught Pre-K through First Grade, with a specialty in reading, she worked as a state foster care case manager, teaches creative writing to incarcerated teens, and serves as an aid worker in Tijuana orphanages.

An active member of SCBWI for 15 years, Eve interned at the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency where she was recently promoted to Junior Agent.


Fun Facts:
Subject to change so don’t hold her to them! ☺

•    Favorite Books: Monster by Walter Dean Myers, You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers, and The Stupids (That’s right, you heard me) by Harry Allard & James Marshall
•    Favorite Movies: The Breakfast Club (Most brilliant movie in the history of movies), The Blue Lagoon (Hey, at least I can admit it), Kings of Summer (BTW, if you haven’t seen this indie gem, go - run, don't walk - to see it now. GO!)
•    Dream Job: A Quality Control Tester at Cinnabon (For real, that's a thing!)
•    Death Row Meal: Lindsey Leavitt’s grilled cheese, vanilla cupcakes, gummy bears, white wine, Cinnabon


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Jill Corcoran is looking for commercial concepts (your 1-3 line pitch gets me salivating to read your manuscript) written in stunning, accessible, penetrating prose. PB through YA, I am looking for books that are irresistible to their intended audience. I know this is not specific in content as I am more of a 'I know it when I see it' type of reader. If your book is for me my mind will immediately begin listing the editors I know will love your work and I will start daydreaming about readers raving and begging for more.

Eve Porinchak has eclectic literary tastes and is open to everything from picture books to young adult novels. She is currently looking for contemporary realistic fiction for teens that features unusual love stories with badass protagonists and cinematic writing.

From Eve: "Dark, edgy, psychological thrillers, gang-lit, realistic contemporary, mostly YA, but am open to anything. (I do love James Marshall's "The Stupids" after all!). Some of my favorite books to read over and over are: "True Notebooks" by Mark Salzman, "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, "You Shall Know Our Velocity" by Dave Eggers, "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson, "This Is For The Mara Salvatrucha, Inside The MS-13" by Samuel Logan. I am NOT a fan of fantasy; however, I love the Hunger Games, so that is the closest to fantasy-ish I will read. Also a huge fan of true crime, and loved NPR's SERIAL. If your story reads like a Tuesday night episode of "Dateline", send me your pages!

HOW TO SUBMIT: Send cover letter and the first 10 pages pasted into your email to either Jill or Eve at query@jillcorcoranliteraryagency.com.
Please indicate in your salutation line if your query is for Jill or for Eve. You will receive an auto-responder to let you know your submission has been received. Jill or Eve will contact you (pretty darn quickly!) if we are interested in reading your full manuscript via email. If you do not hear from us in six weeks, please know we have looked at your work and have determined it is not the right fit for our agency.

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