Monday, March 3, 2008

Important Query Announcement

Starting March 31st, I will only accept and respond to queries via my agency submission form. I will not respond to queries emailed directly to me. In addition, I will not respond to queries sent by mail or by messenger, regardless of whether you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

If for some reason you cannot access the internet and/or my website then you may mail your query, but I will not respond unless the project interests me. But if this means you, then how are you reading my blog? And for that matter, if a tree falls down in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Is deja vu for real? What happened to Amelia Earhart? What doesn't bacon taste good with?

Ugh, too much philosophy for a Monday morning.

14 comments:

Jaye Wells said...

You forgot:

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

sylvia said...

ESP. No. Yes, it's a form of epilepsy. Crashed. Bananas.

Hope that helps. :)

Heidi the Hick said...

Bacon... it even tastes good with maple syrup. Try it!

Thanks for the announcement. I'm off to have a read of your submission guidelines now.

Elana said...

I agree wholeheartedly with the bacon comment. I've had it with green apples and peanut butter, like a BLT, but not really. Bacon-the food of champions!

Anonymous said...

How many licks DOES it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop?

Anonymous said...

Oy.

Et tu, Brutus?

Can't even stuff a form rejection in a SASE, huh? Yeowch. As a (newly agented) author I can assure you that is the worst. There's a special Wheel of Tartus waiting in hell for agents who throw away SASEs.

The thing about those online forms is that using social media like QueryTracker.net I can see that most of the houses famous for their online submission forms ignore them and still ask for most of their partials based on email queries.

It sounds like a good idea now, but when your slush pile dries up [yes, I can hear you laughing all the way from here at the thought], you'll start looking at those email queries once more.

Jonathan Lyons said...

Anon - If you don't want me to throw away your SASE, don't send it to me. All queries sent by mail before the end of March will be responded to, assuming an SASE was included.

My decision has nothing to do with stuffing queries and everything to do with my ability to evaluate and respond more quickly to electronic queries. And again, all queries sent via my website submission form will continue to get a response, no matter what.

I didn't really follow the rest of your comment, but hopefully the above explains things better.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, I have to say, that doesn't even make sense. Follow the submission guidelines. Simple. Some agencies only take snail, some only take email, and now he's taking online only--which is fine. Anyone who is serious about their writing should be researching the agent anyway, and that would easily tell you that to query Jonathan Lyons, you use the online form. If someone wastes .41 (or .42!) because they didn't read directions, that can hardly be blamed on the agent. And I don't think agents "owe" us anything; this is a business, and either we do business with them, and vice versa, or not. It has little to do with any day in March.

December/Stacia said...

Bacon does not taste good with custard and/or whipped cream.

Linnea said...

I think a submission form is a great idea. The synopsis length is quite generous so should be ample. The only thing that seems to be missing is word count.

Just_Me said...

So far I've liked all the online submission forms I've seen. There's less chance of a spam filter eating the query and there are nice little organized boxes to fill out. I like the organized boxes, e-mail doesn't look as organized, especially when you have a query, synopsis, and sample pages all in the body.

Anonymous said...

Oh know other agents who have done this, and they are still shocked to be receiving snail mail queries after three years.

Don't be surprised if you do too.

Anonymous said...

I think they proved on Iron Chef that bacon does not work with Ice Cream, even if you're an Iron Chef.

Adaora A. said...

Good for you Mr. Lyons. Save some trees.