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February 16, 2011

I’m sorry for the long silence. I’ve been dealing with two big things down here in Houston.

On a happy note, I’ve signed 23 clients.

I’ve been working on submitting their material to publishers. That includes editing to get the manuscripts in the best possible shape before they go out, doing research on the best editors to send their materials to, and writing the letters that go with. Because I’m new at the game, I’m sweating bullets over the work. It’s going more slowly than it will once I’m an old hand. But I have good clients, and they’ll shine in the marketplace, I hope.

The other thing I’ve been dealing with is Houston weather–bizarrely. Houston usually has terrifying weather in the summer and fall–unbearable heat and humidity, punctuated by hurricanes.

This last month, though, we’ve been giving severe winters a try. It’s been record-setting. We spent twenty of the last thirty days below freezing. It never snowed, but we had enough freezing rain to shut the roads down and bring the city to a crashing halt. Keep in mind that Houston doesn’t have snowplows, salt trucks, or even snow shovels. Also, the water pipes are buried about 6 inches below ground because it doesn’t freeze much here. Until this last month. The pipes froze solid and broke all over the city, including on my street. The power suppliers couldn’t handle the drain on the electrical grid, so they instituted, without warning, rolling blackouts to cope.
It finally thawed out last Friday afternoon. Perhaps as an apology, the last two days have been absolutely beautiful. As things thawed out, the problems multiplied. In the last two days we’ve had the block’s water main repaired, the block’s broken electrical transformer replaced, and our washing machine repaired. The plumber is coming to look at the bathrooms today. It’s been amazing. But I think we’re through the worst of it.

Anyway, I’m hopeful things will be calmer in the next month or two. On a good note, I’ve now read every manuscript I’ve been sent. Nothing like a power outage to catch up on my reading. Now I need to get the rest of my clients’ material out there, then I’ll get the rejections and acceptances for the pending manuscripts out, and then I’ll catch my emails up, including going through about 1500 queries I’ve been waiting to reply to until I finished reading what I had on hand.

So that’s the update.

It’s 70 degrees outside and sunny. It’s like the last month never happened. It’s supposed to stay that way for a week.

Back to work.


118 Comments leave one →
  1. Cambria Hebert permalink
    February 16, 2011 4:49 pm

    Glad to hear the weather is looking up. I am sure that your clients are very appreciative of the hard work you have been putting into their manuscripts. Slow progress is better than none at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with the weather and all those queries you have to reply to. I admit I’ll be keeping an eye on my inbox… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. February 16, 2011 4:56 pm

    Thank you for the update. If you are not aware, please check the P&E listing:

    It has you currently listed as a former agent at Ethan Ellenberg.

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 16, 2011 8:55 pm

      I saw that. It caused quite a start to my day. I’ve been offline for a good chunk of the last two weeks, so I was facing a massive email backup, but I found all kinds of folk telling me about this now that I’m back on.

      Pand E and linked-in were both set up like that. I forwarded the links to Ethan, who is in the process of getting them changed. He thinks it’s because he never updated his webpage to add me on, just added a link to my webpage and sent a notice to Publishers Weekly. Somebody must have assumed the worst. Anyway, he’s requesting they change it, and he’s updating his webpage right now.

      • February 16, 2011 9:25 pm

        That’s great news. I hope it is changed soon. And congrats on all the new clients! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. February 16, 2011 5:02 pm

    Hi Denise,
    Glad to hear all is going well, except for some of the recent weather. Just in case you have not had time to check out the AW thread on the Ellenberg Agency of late, there is a lot of speculation there about whether or not you’re still with the agency. It’s up to you, but you might want to make a quick comment in your blog to clarify the matter. To me, it doesn’t matter whether you’re with Mr. Ellenberg or out on your own. I’m confident you will be an excellent agent (even if I do end up with a rejection from you!). Very best, Don Nardo

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 16, 2011 5:14 pm

      Thanks for the update!

      I’ve also discovered I’ve been listed as a former agent of Ethan Ellenberg’s on predators and Editors. It was news for both Ethan and me.

      We’ll deal with it.

      thanks for the update!

      • February 16, 2011 5:25 pm

        You might want to also check your LinkedIn info… it also has you listed as a former agent and has you listed as still working for tekno books. I wonder if that’s where a lot of the misunderstandings came from…

      • Denise Little permalink*
        February 16, 2011 5:32 pm

        Well, sounds like I’ve got some bookkeeping to tend to.

        Fall off the grid for a week or two, and my whole life goes wacky.


      • February 16, 2011 6:56 pm

        I think life waits until you’re not looking to do wacky things on the Internet for you. High tech brownies making mischief!

        Anyway, I’m glad all is well. Good luck to you and your clients on sub!

        I’m one of the many people with manuscripts in your pile. I’d say I’m sitting on my hands, but that would keep me from writing more books…

  4. Katie Guzman permalink
    February 16, 2011 5:23 pm

    Wow….Sounds like a rough winter in Texas!! I’m glad things are looking up though.

    Hopefully I’ll hear from you one way or another soon. It’s been a very, very long time waiting since September, but no news is good news, or so they say. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Wednesday and Weather!


    • Katie Guzman permalink
      February 17, 2011 5:30 pm

      Quick Question…Is it possible that my YA novel Deadwood & Hot Fires is still in the consideration pile? I know everyone has been asking about their own stellar works, but I’m curious as well. I’ve gone back and changed the title though to Lovin’ Deadwood.

      I think the Texas thaw has spread to North Florida, it’s looking to be almost 80 tomorrow. Time to turn on the AC! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Looking forward to your next post.


  5. February 16, 2011 5:26 pm

    The one winter I lived in Houston my pipes froze and the roads were icy. Enjoy the February thaw.

  6. Mike C. permalink
    February 16, 2011 6:10 pm


    Glad all is well and you made it through all right. Do you know how many of the September fulls are to be ‘accepted’? Seems like you said earlier on you were looking at signing 30-ish clients, and with 23 already signed, I was wondering how many might still make it from the September request line-up (versus how many you might leave open to fill later). My MS was in the thriller genre and I haven’t seen if you’ve signed anyone there yet. Happy to have you “back”!

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 16, 2011 6:44 pm

      Your manuscript is in the “I love it but haven’t made up my mind about what to do” pile. It’s very well written.

      I’m working on the stuff I’ve signed. Your in the next round pile.


      • Mike C. permalink
        February 16, 2011 7:41 pm

        Great News! I’ll anxiously (and patienty) await your reply.

        Can I use powers of subliminal messaging… , , … just think about the rights to the sequel…

      • Mike C. permalink
        February 16, 2011 9:31 pm

        sorry about the double post.

        Great News! Iโ€™ll anxiously (and patiently) await your reply.

      • February 20, 2011 3:08 pm

        Denise, glad to see you back. I’m another in the Sept piles that were sent to you. I did email you a f/u because I rec’d another request for my MS from an agent. I’m trying to hold off on sending to him because he only takes ‘exclusives’. Mine was the 2 worlds part of the same planet where us Humans are destroying it and causing their world to break apart. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I know what you mean about the weather down here. It’s been crazy this year. Makes hubby miss the UK though with all the cold.

  7. Leigh Jenner permalink
    February 16, 2011 6:17 pm

    How caught up are you? I sent you my full back in September and would like to know what I should do? Should I send it again?

    Glad to hear all is well!!!!

  8. Chris Eberle permalink
    February 16, 2011 6:26 pm

    Glad to see everything is getting on track for you. Nice to hear from you. Still hoping I’ll make your accepted list, but I’ve also been using my time to edit my story, so if I’m the rejected pile I’m hoping you’ll give a second chance.
    On a another note, no offense, but when folks in Buffalo, NY watch folks in Texas trying to drive in weather we run around in shorts & tees we ROFLOAO. LOL I know you shut things down with what a 1/2 inch? We had to shut the Buffalo down when my neighborhood had 42 inches in less than 24 hrs. Now thats a snow problem BELIEVE ME! LOL

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 16, 2011 6:34 pm

      Yep. That was the funny part. In Green Bay in the winter, this would have been considered a warming trend. But Houston hasn’t a clue how to deal.

      • Chris Eberle permalink
        February 16, 2011 6:57 pm

        Well if you dont sign me, maybe you and your neighbors will hire me as a driving instructor for winter driving. LOL I also have to ask likeMike C. where my manuscript might be. I was wondering how many might still make it from the September request line-up (versus how many you might leave open to fill later). My story is Family Ties in the mystery genre.
        Also remember when driving and you slide on icy roads pump the brakes dont slam them. LOL

  9. February 16, 2011 6:55 pm

    Denise, so glad to hear from you. You had us all worried. Looks like you have spoiled us! LOL. I have a question, you wrote: “Iโ€™ve now read every manuscript Iโ€™ve been sent…..then Iโ€™ll get the rejections and acceptances for the pending manuscripts out,”.

    Does that mean you haven’t rejected any manuscripts yet? Does “pending” mean acceptances you were waiting to hear from Ethan about before notifing the author?

    Thanks for the clarification.

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 16, 2011 7:00 pm

      exactly correct!

      I also have about 25 manuscripts in a pile that I’m still contemplating taking on, once I get the clients I’ve signed taken care of.


      • February 16, 2011 7:32 pm

        Sounds like you have some tough choices ahead of you. I’ll be honest, I’m hoping I’m in the pile, but if not, I’ll re-query with another project.

      • Chris Eberle permalink
        February 16, 2011 7:55 pm

        *Crossing my fingers I’m one of the 25!* LOL

      • amanda permalink
        February 17, 2011 6:34 pm

        would it be too forward to ask if i’m lucky enough to be in that pile?
        if i’m not, i would be an EXCELLENT client. a true joy to work with. just sayin’.

  10. February 16, 2011 7:02 pm

    Hi Denise. As a fellow Houstonian, I can attest to the wacky weather and rolling blackouts. They even closed the schools. Craziness.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you one way or the other. Congrats on getting through the manuscripts!

  11. Harriet Schultz permalink
    February 16, 2011 8:11 pm

    Nice to see an update and to learn that your silence was of the swamped, iced-in, power failure variety. Like many others, my hope is that my work’s among the 25 manuscripts you’re still considering. Best luck getting fast, worthwhile offers for your clients on sub.

    • Michelle permalink
      February 16, 2011 8:28 pm

      Sooo glad to see you made it through! NC had a rough winter too, and I can just hear Chris ROFLHAO at us as well.

      Keep us updated, Denise. I am loving your experiences. I’ve also got my finger crossed that I’m in your pile of keepers.

      • Chris Eberle permalink
        February 16, 2011 8:39 pm

        Well Michele, when we watch footage of anyone below the Mason/Dixon line trying to drive in the winter not only makes us laugh, but we see this as quality entertainment. Especially with what happened in Dallas with the SuperBowl. We hate the Cowboys & the Stars after what happened to the Bills & Sabres so seeing the city of Dallas freak out is a victory for us. A small victory but we’ll take it.

  12. February 16, 2011 8:22 pm

    Hello Denise,

    I had faith in you and figured that you were busy working with the writers you signed. I have reached the 75% goal of my first sequel and having a ball dancing my protagonist from the frying pan into the fire. I also did another edit of my novel, Mysterious Gift.

    Having lived in Corpus Christi TX. I know the weather (mostly hot and dry) and figure it was quite a shock in Houston when pipes began freezing and breaking. In my state of Nebraska this is a common occurrence however, the weather today is near 70F, and I love it.

    Keep smiling and enjoy a day off now and then. I look forward to any comments to improve my manuscript to your standards.

    Edwin D Ferretti III

  13. February 16, 2011 8:25 pm

    Denise – I have done a minor rewrite on AFTER THE VIRUS, but it should be in your September pile, so I think, as you’ve indicated above, that you have already read those submissions? If not, let me know and I will send you the newest version.

    Thanks! Grey and rainy here in Vancouver, Canada.

  14. Marian Crane permalink
    February 16, 2011 8:27 pm

    Glad to hear you’re digging out from the awful weather and the mms tsunami, Denise. I know I’m not one of the 25, since I only sent in a query, but I look forward to seeing what you achieve over the next few months. When I have another project, I’ll query you on it.

  15. Michelle permalink
    February 16, 2011 8:49 pm

    Chris, that’s twisted! I got one word for you, THERAPY ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris Eberle permalink
      February 16, 2011 8:52 pm

      Well if you lived in the land of the REAL Chicken Wing and Beef on Wecks you’d feel the same as most of us do, trust me Michelle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Denise Little permalink*
        February 16, 2011 9:13 pm

        Those are some great wings. I’ve been there. In the summer. For good reason. If you haven’t been to Buffalo in the summer, it’s fabulous. add in nearby Niagra Falls, and the restored revolutionary era fort, and the incredible greenhouse park, and it’s lovely trip. In the summer–that’s an important point. In the winter, Buffalo gets so much lake effect snow that it’s a big character builder.

        Green Bay wasn’t nearly as difficult in the winter.

  16. Chris Eberle permalink
    February 16, 2011 9:29 pm

    THANK YOU!!! Thats the first time I heard any visitors talk positive about the Queen City. One of the best things about Buffalo in Summer, is the fact we’re at the tip of Lake Erie. Being here it’s kinda like being with a giant air conditioner. You’re talking about Old Fort Niagara, which is really awesome and haunted by a headleass soldier still looking for his head and the man who killed him. Been there, saw the well his body was thrown and the bloodstains that cant be removed. Freaked the hell out of anyone whose been there. The Botainical Gardens is amazing. I live only nine blocks from there and its nice to go there in the winter and experience sping & summer. You’re also right about the weather building character. One major thing about our winters has been been how people in this area are willing to help one another to amazing levels I havent seen in other cities. Dont get me wrong, I know there are good people everywhere, but in our most recent snow storm that shut the city down, people were trapped on the thruway for more than 14 hours. Office workers near a section of thruway brought out a ladder for trapped drivers to get over a fence and gave them coffee, let them use bathrooms and make phone calls.
    There’s a lot of things about Buffalo, its history and people I’d like to express in my writing, the same way Robert B Parker did in his Spenser series. Hopefully I’ll reach his levels some day.

  17. February 16, 2011 9:29 pm

    Hi Denise! I was in the original September batch, and sent you the revision in December. Could you tell me if you received the revision and if it is still under consideration?

    Thank you! And best of luck to your clients on sub. I know two of them from AW and I’m hoping they get picked up by publishers soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 16, 2011 9:38 pm

      I have the revision. I’m still considering it.


      • February 16, 2011 9:51 pm

        Thank you! The update is much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I hope the power outages get better and the weather warms up. I’m in NYC, and SICK of this winter. Bring on Spring!

  18. Andrew Rowe permalink
    February 16, 2011 9:55 pm

    Hello Denise,

    You requested my manuscript back in September, and I sent it, but I never received a confirmation. I just wanted to check and make sure you ever even received the manuscript.

    I hope the weather improves for you, and I hope you’re enjoying reading all our writing.

    Andrew Rowe

  19. Alretha Thomas permalink
    February 16, 2011 10:07 pm

    Dear Denise,

    Glad to hear the weather has taken a turn for the better. Sorry about all you and the other Houstonians had to go through.I feel guilty living in Southern Cal. Weather has been great.

    Like everyone else, I’m keeping my toes, eyes, and fingers crossed that you like my novel. In January, you requested the first three chapters.

    Thanks so much.


  20. February 16, 2011 11:16 pm

    Dear Denise,

    I sent you my query before two weeks ago.
    My novel is romantic fantasy for young adults. Also
    I’m illustrator too, i have made some illustrations that I’m going to add
    in my book, my novel isn’t graphic novel and isn’t children picture book. It’s a simple
    novel with some illustrations. I hope isn’t problem for you.

    I hope to hear back from you soon.


  21. Chris Eberle permalink
    February 16, 2011 11:50 pm

    I’m wondering if Family Ties (my murder mystery) is still under consideration. If not, would you be willing to take a second look if I do serious revisions. I’m doing some now and trimming some fat. Helps to keep busy when we’re trying to dig out and wait for warmer temps to melt the snow. LOL

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 16, 2011 11:55 pm

      It is under consideration. But send the revisions, by all means.


  22. Heidi Dorey permalink
    February 16, 2011 11:52 pm

    Man…I did a rewrite, too! Added another character and everything.
    Tweaking for improvements seems like a never ending process.

    Denise, with your crazy schedule, is your plan still to send out helpful rejections?
    I know many of us feel like either way (acceptance/rejection), it’s all good.

    Thanks for the update!

  23. Chris Eberle permalink
    February 17, 2011 12:00 am

    Thanks. I’ll get them to you as soon as I’m finished with them. If it all works out I’ll ship you some Buffalo Wings and Frank’s Hot Sauce. Thats what makes it real Buffalo Wings.

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 12:04 am

      Doesn’t it just.


      • Chris Eberle permalink
        February 17, 2011 12:29 am

        You know it, you can tell it’s real Buffalo WIngs by the sauce. The real stuff has butter in it and you can taste it.

    • February 17, 2011 3:25 pm

      Chris, you’re making me hungry! LOL. Buffalo wings… ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Chris Eberle permalink
        February 17, 2011 6:38 pm

        GOOOOOOD!!! LOL But for the full Buffalo experience you also have to have Beef on Weck. It’s something you cant get where else.
        A beef on weck sandwich is a variety of steak sandwich found primarily in Western New York.[1][2][3] It is made with roast beef on a kummelweck roll. The meat on the sandwich is traditionally served rare, thin cut, with the top bun getting a dip au jus. Accompaniments include horseradish, a dill pickle spear, and french fries.

        The kummelweck roll gives the sandwich its name and a distinctive taste. A kummelweck (sometimes pronounced “kimmelweck” or “kรผmmelweck”) is similar to a Kaiser roll, but topped with kosher salt and caraway seeds. Kรผmmel is the German word for caraway, and weck means “roll” in the south-western German dialects of the Baden and Swabia areas (northern Germans generally say Brรถtchen).[2] The sandwich has been introduced to new areas of the United States with population movement.

        The origin and history of the beef on weck sandwich is not well established.[3] It is believed that a German baker named William Wahr, who is thought to have emigrated from the Black Forest region of Germany, created the kummelweck roll while living in Buffalo, New York.[3] A local pub owner is said to have used the roll to create the beef on weck, with the thought that the salty top of the roll would make his patrons drink more.[4][5]

        [edit] PreparationA typical beef on weck sandwich is made from slow-roasted rare roast beef that is hand carved in thin slices to provide about 1/2 inch (about 1.3cm) of meat on the bottom half of the roll. The cut face of the top half of the roll may be dipped in the jus from the roast. Prepared horseradish is usually provided for the diner to spread on the top half of the roll to taste. The traditional side dishes for a beef on weck are french fries and a kosher dill pickle spear.

        Alot of our local bars/pubs will have specials of Wings & Weck together. Trust me its a sandwhich you have to have once before you die. I’ve heard theres something about the water off of Lake Erie on our side near Buffalo that adhears the salt to the rolls. I guess folks in Ohio tried to repeat it and it never worked.

    • February 22, 2011 12:19 am

      Frank’s Hot Sauce…and melted butter. MMMMM!

      • Chris Eberle permalink
        February 22, 2011 6:29 pm

        Sounds like you’ve hada taste of Buffalo. LOL

  24. Jennie Posthumus permalink
    February 17, 2011 12:45 am


    And here you thought you’d be escaping the snow and frigid weather! So sorry to hear all the mishaps you’ve had to deal with since moving.

    I also sent a manuscript in September (Banshee’s Daughter). I was wondering if it’s still under consideration or not. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the meantime, hopefully I can kick myself in the rear enough to keep working on my urban fantasy murder mystery. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for the updates!


  25. February 17, 2011 1:23 am

    Denise — although you told me to go ahead and look elsewhere also, I think I will hold off on that idea until I hear from you one way or another. As I said in a seperat e-mail, Deb S spoke highly of you and recommended patience. Two further questions: 1) are you planning to atend the Pikes Peak Writers conference in Colorado Springs in April? — if you are, I will think about spending the money to attend — it is a little steep for my budget. 2) I have another novel ready for submission – – shall I send it to you also or wait to hear from you on the ms you have?

    p.s. — so glad to have the communication alive again.

    • Keith Yatsuhashi permalink
      February 17, 2011 7:05 pm

      Ditto for BEA in May. I’m heading down for that. We have a booth and MAY be be on a panel for international trade. Would be great to introduce myself!

  26. Alretha Thomas permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:26 am

    Dear Denise,

    I’m glad to hear the weather has taken a turn for the better, and I’m sorry what all of you Houstonians had to go through. I feel guilty because I live in Southern Cal and the weather is relatively nice compared to the rest of the country!

    You requested the first three chapters of my book on January 3. I sent the chapters to you via email and like everyone else, I have my eyes, toes and fingers crossed, hoping you’ll like what you read.

    I posted earlier and an avatar appeared next to my name with a photo. I don’t know how and why that popped up. I am not using your site to advertise. I don’t know how to get rid of that. I hope you allow my post to come through. It may have been disallowed before because of that avatar. I have used that avatar in posting on another site. I’m not sure how it transferred to your blog.

    Your understanding is appreciated.

  27. Erin Richards permalink
    February 17, 2011 2:05 am

    Hi Denise, glad to hear you’re doing well and digging out. The P&E error had me worried! Glad you straightened that out too.

    You also have my full fantasy romance, WICKED PARADISE, from September. Since I hadn’t heard from you, I had sent you a follow-up email on 1/31, and also asked if you had interest in my new YA novel. I hope my full is still under consideration and hope to hear from you soon one way or another. Good luck with all your new clients!

  28. February 17, 2011 2:16 am

    Welcome Back Denise,

    I sent you a full back in September (Go. Gently / The Language of Silence), but wanted to let you know I sent a query with my latest project which has rec several full and partial requests. You’ve been pretty gracious with us, so I wanted to keep you updated.

    Good luck with all the craziness of getting your clients ready for submission

    ~Tiffany Bennett – YA Lit Blog

  29. February 17, 2011 2:22 am

    I am one of the anxious ones in the September batch as well. Between this and the applications I have out to grad schools for my MFA in Creative Writing, I’m on pins and needles lol.

    I received a revise and resubmit request from an editor at a smaller publishing house for the manuscript you have, Demon Reincarnate, a YA urban fantasy. I made the revisions for her and resent the full.

    I know you’re busy, so I wasn’t planning on asking if you wanted to see revisions, since you already have so much on your plate. However, if my manuscript is still under consideration and it would aid you in making a decision, then I would be happy to send them.

  30. Susan Battah permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:22 am

    Good to hear your back Denise… looking forward to your reply regardless of what the decision is. Hoping I’m in the lucky pile. I’ve just seen a retraction on P&E about your status with Ethan Ellenberg. I can understand what you’re going through with the weather – we’ve had some massive problems down here in Australia with cyclones and flooding. So keep safe.

  31. Danielle DeVor permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:50 pm

    Hi Denise,

    Ever so glad that you are thawed out. I also sent you a couple of e-mails asking if I could send the revised version of my manuscript. Would it be okay if I could send it along? I hope you are still considering “Riding on the Tail of the Devil”.

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 3:46 pm

      feel free to send it.


  32. February 17, 2011 3:37 pm

    Glad it’s warmed up–finally! I live in north Texas and we suffered burst pipes and wind that knocked out our power main. It’s been a bumpy ride this winter, made worse because our infrastructure isn’t set up for frigid temps.

    But (knock on wood) maybe it’s over.

    I sent a revision for my manuscript and an interview request. I think I sent you a followup recently, but if you’ve been inundated with mail, it might have gotten lost. If you’re still interested in the interview, let me know and I’ll reschedule for later this year. Thanks!

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 3:46 pm

      I’m happy to do the interview. Buyt let’s schedule it for summer.

      • February 17, 2011 3:53 pm

        Sounds like a plan. I’ll email you in June to check on your schedule. Thanks.

  33. Keith Yatsuhashi permalink
    February 17, 2011 3:51 pm

    Hi Denise! Are the people in TX saying you brought the weather with you? I hear that all the time when I travel out of New England in winter ๐Ÿ™‚ A colleague of mine in the US Embassy London swears he brings London’s weather with him wherever he goes. Might just be true. His last trip to MA and RI saw a week of rain. It cleared the day he left. (I recall a character in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy dubbed ‘The Rain God’ for the same reason). Good luck!

    I hope my KOJIKI is still under consideration.


    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 3:53 pm

      My family is indeed claiming the weather is all my fault.


      • Keith Yatsuhashi permalink
        February 17, 2011 4:10 pm

        Funny how that only happens with BAD weather ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, did you receive my revisions in January?

      • Denise Little permalink*
        February 17, 2011 8:22 pm



      • Keith Yatsuhashi permalink
        February 17, 2011 9:51 pm

        Great, thanks. And another BTW, don’t know if you’re a Packers fan or not, but is THAT another coincidence? Move from a city and that team wins a championship! Here in New England, we had joke that the old stadium was build on a Native American burial ground and that once the team announced plans to demolish it and build a new one VIOLA! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. February 17, 2011 3:54 pm

    Hi Denise. Glad to see you’re back up and running and sorry you’ve had such a rough winter after moving to the (so it would be thought) warmer south. I emailed you a couple of months ago about having revised my para-rom (vampire/incubus), Blood Dreams, and wanted to send the revised version. This probably got lost in your avalanche of emails. Would you like me to send the revisions even though you’ve read through all the September works?

    Thanks ma’am!

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 5:21 pm

      sure. Send it.


  35. R.J. Rosatte permalink
    February 17, 2011 4:13 pm

    I moved from Ontario, Canada to Kentucky in 1976 and they had the worst winters in 40 years, 2 years in a row and they blamed me for bringing the darned Canadian weather down with me, so I know how you feel! We’ve had record snow and cold here in eastern Ontario this year as well, but at least our pipes are buried deeper! I sent you my ms in September as well, “A Hornet’s Nest”. Hoping it’s in your ‘wait and see’ pile. Enjoy the return to warmth! Randy

  36. Christina H permalink
    February 17, 2011 4:49 pm

    Glad to see you back on the grid! I can’t believe the fallout after you left the internet for a few weeks — people are antsy! I was wondering though, I sent you an adult fantasy manuscript (The Other Side) in September, and have since been doing serious revisions — I’ve cut out about 10,000+ words so far, am tightening the plot, all of that good stuff. I was wondering if you’d be interested in seeing the revised edition, when it’s ready?

  37. Heidi Dorey permalink
    February 17, 2011 5:28 pm

    I guess since you are okay with us asking…I have revised my MS that you requested in September. Would you like to see the newer version? (The Mourning Cloak)

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 5:31 pm

      If you’ve revised your manuscript in a significant way, resend it.


      • Heidi Dorey permalink
        February 17, 2011 5:58 pm

        Significant as in “it sucks less”? LOL

  38. Harriet Schultz permalink
    February 17, 2011 6:22 pm

    Since you’ve been kind enough to tell a few people who’ve commented here that their manuscripts are still under consideration, can I ask if mine โ€”โ€” The Legacy of Arbroath โ€”โ€” falls into that category or is it in your “R” folder?

  39. Heidi Dorey permalink
    February 17, 2011 6:29 pm

    Yeah, I just wanna thank you for being generous with your time to respond to the flood of “How about me? And me? And me?”

    • February 17, 2011 6:55 pm

      LOL! I know! I was just thinking, “Well, Denise WAS done with reading manuscripts.” Not so much the case now with all these revised ms’s heading her way ;o)

      • Denise Little permalink*
        February 17, 2011 7:37 pm

        Because I am caught up on reading, I can look at the revised stuff. But it does look like I’m going to be busy again.

        I’m also about to start digging through the queries.


  40. Michelle permalink
    February 17, 2011 6:59 pm

    Congrats to those in the running still.

    Chris – Send Denise the wings and I’ll have the beef on weck sandwich. Sounds oh so good.

    • Chris Eberle permalink
      February 17, 2011 7:04 pm

      Well I can send the rolls. It’s done all the time, mostly for folks who are from Buffalo andwant a taste of home. The same with the wing sauce, and some other local products, like the Webers Mustard and Loganberry soda.

  41. Angela permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:35 pm

    Okay, I know this is a long shot, but is there any way you could possibly post those 25 titles still under consideration here on your blog? It’s obvious A LOT of people are anxious for a status report, and I think it would ease a lot of minds (including mine), not to mention, it would slow down the number of “nudge” emails you’re probably getting ;o) You gave a couple of people updates earlier in the comments, and now I think everyone else is saying “Hey, what about me?” lol ;o) Also, do you have a general rule for sending revised manuscripts?

    • Anonymous permalink
      February 17, 2011 7:40 pm

      I think what Angela suggested is a very good idea. Then it eliminates all the questions. Then those of us who’re getting rejections won’t be left in suspense.

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 8:24 pm

      I will alsways look at a rewrite unless I said not to send it to me again.

      About the list, let me think on that. It feels like a privacy violation for the writers.

      • amanda permalink
        February 17, 2011 9:27 pm

        feel free to violate my privacy. i’ve never been that fond of it, anyway.

      • Harriet Schultz permalink
        February 17, 2011 11:42 pm

        If you only list the titles of the manuscripts you’re still considering, but not the authors, there shouldn’t be a privacy issue.

  42. Alretha Thomas permalink
    February 17, 2011 8:23 pm


    Just checking to see if you had a chance to look at the first three chapters of my novel “Dancing Her Dreams Away.” You requested the first three chapters in January.

    Thank you so much.

  43. koi14 permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:27 pm

    Welcome back!

  44. koi14 permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:33 pm

    It does not appear that this posted the first time….I apologize for the re-query on “Composed in Blood”. During your absents from this site, I received two blank emails from you, and no reply from the query as to why they were blank. Not knowing what these meant, I re-queried.

    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 9:35 pm

      Don’t worry. I have so much spectacular weirdness in my life, I assume that everything weird is my fault.


  45. February 17, 2011 9:35 pm

    Hey there Denise,

    I’m also part of the September crowd (we should start a page of Facebook or something). Wouldn’t happen to know if my novel is in the “love it but still thinking over it” pile, do you?

    P.S., did you get my email about me being interviewed for The Huffington Post?

    Glad to see you made it through the weather.


    • Denise Little permalink*
      February 17, 2011 9:36 pm

      I did get the email. Cool!


      • February 17, 2011 9:44 pm

        Awesome. I’ll send you the link once it goes up. As I mentioned, the novel’s plot compliments this year-long project pretty well. Should be interesting how this all meshes together.

  46. February 17, 2011 10:04 pm

    No privacy concerns here

  47. February 17, 2011 11:24 pm

    I agree with Amanda. Feel free to post the lucky 25. It will be less work for you on the long run. Then you can send the rejection emails with the helpful tips without stressing. BTW, thank you for all your time and dedication to all of us nudging you!

    • March 18, 2011 9:51 pm

      Denise Little is now my agent! ๐Ÿ™‚ She is working very hard for me.

  48. Michelle permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:30 pm

    I had to giggle over the privacy thang. Reminds me of HIPAA for health care.
    Would that give us WIPAA? I would gladly sign my right to privacy over. Actually, I lost all that when I started having kids!

  49. February 18, 2011 5:38 am

    I guess I can call back the search-and-rescue team. I thought maybe you’d burrowed under manuscripts for warmth and got stuck.

    As much as I’d like to join the “What about me?” crowd, I’ll wait until you’ve made up your mind to get my answer. I already feel sheepish over the nudge I sent while your power was out.

  50. Thabo Nkomo permalink
    February 19, 2011 8:44 pm

    I sent you a query on Oct 1, 2010. If I haven’t heard back should I assume I’m one of the 1500 that still needs a response? Or did my query get lost in the cracks? I don’t want to burden you by resending something you already have. Thanks.

  51. Chris Eberle permalink
    February 19, 2011 9:58 pm

    Denise I’m revision Family Ties now, and should be done next week at some point. Hopefully. LOL So once done I’ll send it on to you. And if we sign a deal I’ll ship you bottles of Frank’s Sauce down to you! LOL Chris

  52. Barbara Webb permalink
    February 20, 2011 12:59 pm

    I’m right next door in Arkansas, and while we managed to hold onto our power (unlike in previous years), snow pretty much kept us trapped in our apartment for two whole weeks. I think Fayetteville only has one snowplow. If that.

    Like everyone, I’m full of tingly anticipation. Lots of that in my home right now, as my husband preps to go in for an interview for the job he’s been working towards for the past five years. Exciting!

  53. February 23, 2011 2:40 pm

    Hello Denise and fellow writers,

    Here is a link to my interview at The Huffington Post:



  54. Michelle permalink
    February 23, 2011 5:45 pm

    Loved the article. This is sure to be a best seller. You’ll end up on Oprah’s couch with this. From the home state (NC)…Andrew, you rock! ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. February 26, 2011 8:25 pm

    Monday’s my birthday. I’ll be looking for that list. :0

    • Michelle permalink
      February 27, 2011 7:57 pm

      Happy Birthday, Amber. Hope you get your wish. ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Chris Eberle permalink
    March 1, 2011 2:28 am

    Denise I just emailed you Family Ties, the revised edition as asked. Now, fingers crossed, rubbing four rabbits feet, carrying horseshoe in back pocket and saying my prayers. Here’s hoping sports fans.

  57. Harriet Schultz permalink
    March 6, 2011 4:51 pm

    It’s now six months since you requested what was probably too many manuscripts. Will we ever receive a response from you so that we know you’ve at least looked at our work?

  58. March 10, 2011 7:38 pm

    2/16 – – 23 signees —- more since???? wish it was me !!!!!

  59. Keith Yatsuhashi permalink
    March 14, 2011 3:13 pm

    Hi Denise,

    It grieves me to say that my submission bears a tragic resemblance to whatโ€™s happening in Japan. Iโ€™d like to dedicate the story to the courage, dignity, and indomitable spirit of the Japanese people

  60. Chris Eberle permalink
    March 28, 2011 5:16 pm

    Denise, just wondering if you have signed ortalked to anyone else since your last blog post.

  61. April 5, 2011 11:14 pm

    after all this time with hearing nothing from you and nothing here for awhile, shall we [I] assume our [my] query is dead in the water????

    • amanda permalink
      April 6, 2011 8:57 pm

      i would also like to know. i’ve pretty much given up on it, but i would like some closure.

  62. R.J. Rosatte permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:55 pm

    And my requested manuscript too?

  63. JD Lerud permalink
    April 14, 2011 4:41 am

    Hi Denise, Sure hope you’re doing okay and that you’re still enjoying the job. Say hi soon, so we know how things are going with you, okay?

    Many smiles,

  64. April 24, 2011 6:27 pm

    I want to wish all of you a Happy Easter.

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