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We Want To Hear From You!

We’re booking some very exciting Spotlight On Interviews with agents for 2022 and we have two very important questions for you:

Do you have an agent you’d love to hear from?
Have you got a question you’re dying to ask?

This is your opportunity to tell us!

Maybe you're ready to start querying and would love to know more about the agents on your list, or maybe you've been scrolling through AgentMatch and you're interested in learning more about a specific agent. 

If there’s an agent you’d like to see an interview with or a question you’d like us to ask on your behalf, leave a note below here and we’ll see what we can do.

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    • Kate, would the interview(s) appear in a blog or broadcast for only Jericho members?  If a blog, I would be very interested if the agent could be asked: what, if a submission is well presented and the extract from the writer's work is well written, is the most common reason for a work to be rejected?

      If I can sneak in another question, I would also like to know why it isn't possible to give the writer at least a hint of why his/her work is being rejected?  We all understand that a detailed assessment can't be given but wouldn't it be possible, using pre-set responses, to say whether the reason is wrong genre for us, content not strong enough, needs more work on style, etc?  If we had at least a hint, this would help us to know how we can do better instead of always groping in the dark.

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      • Hi Blakeney,

        The full interview appears on the agent's AgentMatch profile (which can only be accessed by Jericho members), but we do a 'spotlight on' feature here on community where we include some information about the agent and highlights from the interview. You can see the previous features we've done under to see an example.

        Your first question is interesting, I'll add it to our question list for agent interviews.

        Regarding your second question, unfortunately agents will often say that they are so busy with reading submissions, working with their current clients, and other tasks involved in their role, that they simply don't have time to respond to everyone (which is often why an agency or agent will say "if you haven't received a response in _____ then your manuscript is probably not right for us", or something along those lines). I know this is something that isn't ideal, for authors or agents, and is disappointing to hear, but agents can receive dozens of submissions a day, hundreds in a month, and they are on the search for the right author in the same way as an author is searching for the right agent. Even using pre-set responses would take a considerable amount of time when you consider how many submissions each agent receives. We can certainly ask agents this question but in all likelihood their answers will be very similar. 

        Thank you for your questions, and we will add them for future interviews. 

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      • Hi Kate. I'd love to see some YA agents interviewed and would specifically like to know why many UK agents/publishers won't lay a finger on teen fiction. I'm talking that little gap between upper-MG and 'YA proper', 11-14-year-olds. Those kids who have grown out of mysteries and funny fiction and want something to get their teeth into, but aren't ready for gritty, sweary, sexy, druggy, hard-hitting YA as it seems to have materialised over the last few years.

        That little group may seem small, but they're very real and if the market loses them at this point, will they come back for the 'YA proper'? And, yes, I know Waterstones doesn't have a space on their shelves for them, but they're never going to make space if they're not pushed by agents and publishers convincing them that there's a neglected audience just waiting for it and a whole load of authors hoping to fill it. 

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        • I'd second this. I have been advised that because my teen WIP wouldn't fit on the Waterstones shelves I should write it down to MG. I'd be interested as to whether the teen readership bracket is completely unmarketable. 

          Thanks.

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          • Hi Sarita and Rebecca,

            Firstly, thank you for your questions. We will begin getting in touch with agents who specialise in YA!

            This is a great question, and one we will start asking YA agents. Publishing is very much dictated by what is marketable but it isn't always clear what that means. While you can find YA that is aimed at a younger audience (what could otherwise be described as teen, as YA is traditionally accepted as meaning 13-18 and MG as 8-12), there is a wide variety within this group which can make it difficult to identify and market. It would definitely be interesting to hear an agent's response to this question.

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