Emily S. Keyes


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What I think when someone gives a book I represented a negative review.

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Hey tumblettes and tumbros,

A friend of mine’s friends are going through some hard times. Their young son Hogarth suffered a really bad accident, falling from a second-story window, and he’s had a bunch of surgeries and will most certainly have a long road to recovery ahead of him. If you can donate a few bucks, I’m sure it would be very appreciated. Otherwise, if you could reblog to get the word out, that would be a huge help too.


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It is a miracle that New York works at all. The whole thing is implausible. Every time the residents brush their teeth, millions of gallons of water must be drawn from the Catskills and the hills of Westchester. When a young man in Manhattan writes a letter to his girl in Brooklyn, the love message gets blown to her through a pneumatic tube - pfft - just like that. The subterranean system of telephone cables, power lines, steam pipes, gas mains and sewer pipes is reason enough to abandon the island to the gods and the weevils. Every time an incision is made in the pavement, the noisy surgeons expose ganglia that are tangled beyond belief. By rights New York should have destroyed itself long ago, from panic or fire or rioting or failure of some vital supply line in its circulatory system or from some deep labyrinthine short circuit.
E. B. White, in “Here is New York” (1948)


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Hi Emily! I got an email from an agent who was complimentary about my ms. He also said the book could use some "tightening" and asked to schedule a phone call to talk about his thoughts. I am elated, but is this "THE CALL?" When agents offer rep, do they explicitly say so in the email? To me, it sounds like an R&R (which would be great!) but I wish I knew.

Hi back.

I can’t speak for other agents, and can’t tell you for sure what this other agent is thinking without knowing more details. It does sound like this agent is very interested in your MS.

You won’t know if it’s “the call” until the agent specifically says he’d like to offer representation. For what it’s worth, I don’t usually say it’s about representation in an email. I usually like to talk to someone first and see if we’re on the same page about the MS (because if I think it’s a hilarious romp and the author thinks it’s a serious work of  literary fiction, I know there will be problems down the road) before I offer.

Try not to psych yourself out too much. Listen to what he has to say about the MS with an open mind. See if you two are a good fit (it’s a bit like a date or a job interview in that way). Because either way it sounds like you might have some revisions ahead of you, and you don’t want to embark on that journey with someone you don’t trust.