In Search of Anybody!

I found an interesting file folder in the back of an old cabinet. Here is the  list of its contents:

  • AMC literary Agency
  • LongStreet Press
  • Peachtree Publishers Ltd.
  • Harper Collins Publishers
  • Maria Carvanis Agency,Inc.
  • Cantrell Colas, Inc.
  • Ellen Levine Literary Agency
  • Lee Allen Agency
  • Arron M. Priest Literary Agency, Inc.
  • Harvey Klinger, Inc.
  • Acton, Dystel, Leone, and Jaffe, Inc.
  • James Allen Literary Agent
  • Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Appleseeds Management
  • The Axelrod Agency
  • S. J. Clark Literary Agent
  • Jane Butler, Literary Agent
  • Barbara Bova Literary Agency
  • Brant and Brant Literary Agents, Inc.
  • Marcia Amsterdam Agency
  • Reid Boates Literary Agency
  • Berenica Hoffman Literary Agent
  • Robert Cornfield Literary Agency
  • John A. Ware Literary Agency
  • Mildred Marmur Associates Ltd
  • Carol Abel Literary Agent
  • Dominick Abel Literary Agency, Inc.
  • Carol Mann Agency
  • Darhansoff & Verrill Literary Agency
  • Charlotte Sheedy Literaary Agency, Inc.
  • Knox Burger Associates, Ltd.
  • The Wendy Weil Agency, Inc.
  • Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
  • Russell & Volkening, Inc.
  • Jed Mattes, Inc.


And those are just the ones who bothered to answer. Some, of course, didn’t and some sent me a nice form letter saying “Dear Author, no thanks.” This list as you surmised was my search for an agent as the result of a query letter. My list of rejections from publishers to whom I submitted manuscripts is much longer, but I may have discarded that one. Sometimes the truth hurts.

Out of all that though, a nice lady named Alexandra Chalusiak took time to write me a long letter explaining the difficulty I faced. In it she said, “Now, with the onslaught of celebrity books, homicides-of-the-week books, and repeat authors, there is very little space or money left for the decently written, first novel. It has become a tough uphill battle for agents as well.” I thought that was kind of her, don’t you? Her letter was dated September 15, 1994.

I actually did secure not one, but two agents in my search and they were good at their jobs. Even they couldn’t get me published.

Ah, but then came Amazon. I just wish it had come along twenty years ago.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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