7.06.2006

What is an Unsolicited Submission?

I saw on Jenny Bent's website that "I am no longer accepting unsolicited submissions." Here is what may be a silly question- does this mean that she is not accepting query letters, or just that she doesn't accept partials/fulls mailed to her without first sending a query letter and her then asking for a partial? Thanks for the help


Miss Snark to Miss Bent: Yo, wassup?

Miss Bent to Miss Snark:
What it means is that I don't want people mailing me with chapters or complete manuscripts if I haven't asked for them. That would be an "unsolicited submission." However, anyone and everyone is free to send me an e-mail query. I read and respond to all my e-mail queries personally, and if I ask to see material, then it becomes a "solicited submission" and it is fine to send.

17 comments:

Chumplet said...

Okay, Ms. Bent is back on my list. Fingers and toes are crossed.

Sonarbabe said...

I've run across this before and have wondered myself. Thank you for clearing it up.

Anonymous said...

I thought it meant their list was full, no unsolicited anything.

It's really great to have a site like this. Thanks.

lizzie26 said...

"Unsolitced Manuscripts" is different than "Unsolicted Queries."

Dave Kuzminski said...

Yuck, just realized I didn't have that term listed in the Definitions at P&E. Take heart, it will be.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Amen, Lizzie. Language matters.

Chumplet said...

"Manuscripts" vs. "Submissions". Yeah, different. But what do we know?

Simon Haynes said...

Back when I was starting out (and for quite a while after) I had no idea unsolicited subs were not the same as unsolicited queries. That made approaching agents rather difficult, let me tell you, since NONE of them seemed to want to hear from me.

Nessie said...

damb!
and there I was thinking I needed an agent to get an agent.

Happy news Finally

Anonymous said...

An agent could put on his or her site, "I accept unsolicited queries," to make it perfectly clear, but that might increase the number of (low quality?) queries they receive.

Anonymous said...

Dave Kuzminski, you rock. Thanks for what you do.

Carmen said...

This is one of the most useful things I've read on Miss Snark thus far. I thought "no unsolicited submissions" meant "I'll feed your unopened query to the shredder without a second thought."

Desperate Writer said...

Ms. Bent reps two of my friends, and I would give my eye teeth if she would take me on. Glad to know she still accepts queries. :) She's rejected me before, but she hasn't seen my best yet. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you! All this time i thought that meant no queries.

LH

Anonymous said...

That is a successful writer's attitude, desperate writer.

Susan Adrian said...

Nadia Cornier, on the other hand, is very clear that she is NOT taking submissions:

"Nadia Cornier is closed to submissions at this time.

For the next few months, Nadia will only be looking at submissions made prior to 3/1/06 or through conferences, client referrals or through an another agent or editor."

I too had taken Jenny Bent's message to read that she was closed to submissions. Thanks for clarifying!

Cynthia Bronco said...

This one always stumped me, and I didn't query those agents. Now I will: no one is safe!